Professionals | 23/11/2021

New Sporting Director from April

Christian Keller joins FC

1. FC Köln have a new Managing Director Sport. Christian Keller will take over the position from 1st April 2022 and work together with Thomas Kessler, Sporting Director of the first-team, and Lukas Berg, Head of first-team Administration. Jörg Jakobs, who has taken over responsibility for FC’s sporting affairs on an interim basis, will then return to his previous advisory role.

“Jörg Jakobs, myself and my fellow Presidium colleagues were, in the current constellation, able to search for a successor to the Managing Director Sport role in peace. We had time to lead good and intense discussions. Christian Keller completely convinced us during this process. We have set out a detailed path, which we now want to go on with him. After our selection process, I am certain that we have made a superb choice in Christian. His detailed analysis and his all-encompassing knowledge are really impressive,” said FC Vice-President, Eckhard Sauren.

“The FC Presidium went of their way to show their interest in me. I was particularly impressed by the seriousness, dependability, and professionalism from those responsible at FC. This basis of trust is incredibly important to me, because only then effective teamwork is possible. At the same time, the FC board have a well-thought-out strategic approach to actively shape the future of 1. FC Köln. It is also important to me, after around eight-and-a-half great and very intense years at SSV Jahn Regensburg, to approach the new role at FC with 100% identification and 100% commitment. Therefore, I need some space and a pause. Even when I am already looking forward to starting my job with FC in April 2022, I ask for understanding that I will first speak publicly after I begin my role here,” said Christian Keller.

“We are pleased that, in Christian Keller, we have been able to win over a highly sought-after Manager for FC. His incredible work in Regensburg is not just reflected in the sporting results they achieved, but also in the structures which he built up there. His idea of a sustainable development in the sporting sector will do FC good,” said FC President, Werner Wolf.

Christian Keller (26th November 1978) was Managing Director from June 2013 until October 2021 at SSV Jahn Regensburg and was responsible for both the financial and sporting aspects at the club. Under his leadership, Jahn Regensburg managed to earn promotion from the fourth division to the 2. Bundesliga and have established themselves in the second tier. The 42-year-old managed to turn a club threatened with insolvency into a financially stable, debt-free 2. Bundesliga club that were able to boast positive financial figures during the pandemic

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