Surprise exit by Cologne’s Daum

German Football
By German Football June 3, 2009 20:02

Surprise exit by Cologne’s Daum

Christoph Daum is set to walk out on Bundesliga side Cologne to return to coach Fenerbahce in Turkey.

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Coach Christoph Daum was at Fenerbahce between 2003 and 2006

The Bild newspaper reports that the 55-year-old resigned as Cologne coach to allow him to go back to the club he led to the Turkish title twice in a previous three-year spell in charge between 2003 and 2006.

Contact between Fenerbahce representatives and Daum was made on Friday with negotiations reported to have taken place in Mallorca, where the coach was on holiday.

And Cologne’s vice-president Jurgen Glowacz today confirmed to the city’s Express newspaper that Daum was no longer the club’s coach.

Daum took over at Cologne in November 2006, successfully leading them into the Bundesliga in 2008 and keeping them there at the end of what he looked back on as a successful season.

“Maybe we even exceeded our expectations,” he said recently.

“I am happy and proud to have fulfilled the expectations of the fans. We were never once in the relegation zone.”

However, there was no indication in an interview he gave to the Bild newspaper over a week ago, before he left for Mallorca, that he would not fulfil his contract with the club, which was due to expire next summer.

“A place in mid-table was the aim this season and if we manage to equal or better that next year, then we will have taken a step forward,” he said.

“We know that we are standing before the usually jinxed second year in the Bundesliga and we want to be sure of our place in mid-table.

“We were already on the same level as teams like Frankfurt and Hoffenheim this year and now we will be aiming at clubs like Hoffenheim, Bremen, Leverkusen or Dortmund.”

It now seem, however, that Daum will be aiming at clubs like Galatasaray, Besiktas and Trabzonspor as he prepares to return to Turkey for the third time in his coaching career.

[Soccernet]

German Football
By German Football June 3, 2009 20:02
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