A lot is happening at SK Rapid. At Sky, President Martin Bruckner spoke about the pressing issues: From neo-coach Ferdinand Feldhofer to loaner Yusuf Demir.
With Ferdinand Feldhofer, SK Rapid will present a new head coach on Sunday. Bruckner is hoping for attractive football from the 2005 championship central defender: “We also watched Ferdinand Feldhofer’s Lafnitz period, not just the WAC period, and there we saw something we wanted. Namely a team that is offensively oriented, that together ahead, wins and goes behind. We want to see that. “
Bruckner continues: “We don’t want to be a copy of Salzburg. We have our own ideas. If you look at our academy team, you can see this clear direction of the game. ”Of course, there were also other candidates in the running.
If you believe rumors, that also pays off for Israel team boss Willi Ruttensteiner. “I deliberately don’t want to mention any names now. Because a decision for one person is not necessarily a decision against another person. But we spoke to a great number of people in order to sound out how far the willingness is to go this path with us at all. We just want to pull this concept through. I don’t need anyone who follows a different philosophy, ”said Bruckner. “It makes no sense. We need someone to finish this road with us. But Willi Ruttensteiner is an interesting name that should be on every list. “
With 15 current player contracts, Feldhofer can probably shape the squad according to his ideas in the summer together with sports director Zoran Barisic. “We have certainly expanded the squad qualitatively and Zoki has already brought in the right players for the style of play that we want to play. You just have to use them accordingly, ”analyzes Bruckner. “We picked up the pace and consciously got the speed back with the transfers. We will continue on this path and if we do it properly and you can see the success, then afterwards everyone will agree with us. “
Bruckner: Demir? “Didn’t the millions plan”
Yusuf Demir will not be back. Even if Barca do not take the purchase option, they will probably have another option for the Rapid talent loaned out. A million-dollar replacement would be extremely important for Rapid. “Times are not easy for any football club. It is not normal now to make a profit and to be able to stay afloat without any problems. We operated cautiously. It is important for us that we spend the club in this difficult situation and the money when we have it. We haven’t budgeted the millions, we don’t do air deals. If it is there, we will use it accordingly, ”says Bruckner.
An investor, similar to the one with city rivals Austria Wien, would not be an option anyway: “It is not an issue for us. We are a member association and believe in the concept of the member association. We will just continue on this path, because we have the reins in hand, when? We want to remain the Lord in our own home. An investor who needs short-term success. For him, projects that go beyond two or three years are a bit suspect. “