Friday, November 10, 2006

Former Boss Daum Returning to Coaching?

According to, former Fenerbahce manager Christoph Daum may be returning to coach in Germany's Bundesliga soon. According to the website's Ahmet Turgut, Struggling former German giants Cologne have turned their attentions to controversial coach Christoph Daum after firing boss Hanspeter Latour. Cologne, the first ever winners of the Bundesliga in West Germany and the league's most successful team during its early years, currently sit eighth in the second division, a massive 12 points off leaders Karlsruhe. Swiss Latour paid for his side's poor start - they began the season among the favourties for promotion following last season's relegation from the top flight - after a 1-0 home defeat to Aue on Wednesday. Cologne's sporting director Michael Meier said the club had already approached former Stuttgart and Fenerbahce coach Daum. Daum is a controversial figure in German football, having once ruled himself out of the running for the national team hot seat after admitting to taking cocaine. But he has had a successful career as a coach, claiming the German title with Stuttgart in 1992 and winning three Turkish league titles, with Besiktas in 1995 and Fenerbahce in 2004 and 2005. Daum was fired from the Fenerbahce post at the end of last season after his side were pipped to the title on the final day by perennial rivals Galatasaray.
Meier revealed Daum said he would consider the offer from Cologne, who have not won in six matches. Latour, 59, who was known as the 'volcano' for his fiery temperament, had only taken over the reins in January but failed to arrest the team's slide into the second division. He said: "I am very disappointed because the team did not respond to our ideas, even though I am convinced we could have turned it around."But I have no complaints against the Cologne management.". Former Germany international Thomas Hassler, Cologne's youth team coach, will take charge of the team on a temporary basis until a successor is appointed.

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