After four bankruptcies in a row in the 2nd Bundesliga, Fortuna Düsseldorf prematurely ended the collaboration with coach Christian Preusser and signed Daniel Thioune as his successor. The new coach has a contract until June 30, 2023.
“In Daniel Thioune we have hired a coach who brings a lot of energy and passion. He has shown in his stations that he stands for intensive football and can also master difficult situations,” said Fortuna’s sporting director Klaus Allofs.
Unfortunately, under Preuss, the club has missed the progress of the past few weeks. Allofs: “The situation in the table and the fact that we haven’t scored a point or scored in the last four second division games have forced us to act.”
Many Fortuna fans had recently taken to the barricades against Preusser and in an open letter had demanded separation from the coach before the Kiel game.
Hopeful Thioune wants to ‘go to work with great energy’
Thioune brings Jan Hoepner, who last looked after Bayer Leverkusen’s U17s, with him as assistant coach. The coaching team is completed by Manfred Stefes, who signed on in January.
“I am very excited about this challenging task at a traditional club like Fortuna and I will go to work with great energy,” said Thioune, former coach of Hamburger SV. The team have enough quality to free themselves from the table basement. Thioune added: “The task now is to bring this potential to the pitch. I am sure that together with my coaching team and the entire staff we will succeed.”
On Sunday, the traditional club, which is in acute danger of relegation, lost 1-0 at Holstein Kiel with a goal in added time. In the four defeats, Fortuna did not score a goal.
Preusser’s contract with Fortuna ran until June 30, 2023. The native of Berlin had successfully looked after the U23s of Bundesliga club SC Freiburg for the past five years. At the beginning of the season, Fortuna surprisingly gave him their trust as head coach.
In the next game next Sunday (1:30 p.m. / Sky) the Rhinelanders will play against FC Schalke 04, who have been relegated to the Bundesliga.