Wacker Innsbruck announced the resignation of club president Kevin Radi before the external general assembly. His successor, Hannes Rauch, has already been determined; Jakob Griesbner and Niklas Sattler complete the new board.
Hannes Rauch is the new President of Wacker Innsbruck.
FC Wacker Innsbruck
FC Wacker Innsbruck is fighting for its future with a new leadership. The former ÖVP General Secretary Hannes Rauch was co-opted as the new president, the traditional football club announced on Wednesday evening. Previous club boss Kevin Radi resigned on Tuesday. The “Tiroler Tageszeitung” first reported on this on Wednesday. At the extraordinary meeting convened by the members for Wednesday evening. General Assembly, no elections were planned.
The aim is to at least save the club’s operations
Rauch is best known for his political offices. As a member of the National Council, the 50-year-old was sports spokesman for the ÖVP from 2013 to 2017. Before that, he worked for two years as Secretary General of the federal party. In football he was engaged as president of the regional league team FC Kufstein. In addition to Rauch, Jakob Griesebner, son of the classic Wacker sports advisory board Nick Neururer, who is also co-opted, and Niklas Sattler, who is already in office there, complete the new board.
According to the club, talks with potential financiers and financially strong supporters are “in the home straight”. This should also include the Russian Mikhail Ponomarev, who saved the war a year ago with bridging financing. “I know him as a professional and friendly person, he is one of three options,” said Rauch in a preliminary interview with the “Tiroler Tageszeitung” (Thursday edition). Actually, the club separated from the Russian investor at the beginning of the year.
FC Wacker’s goal is to at least save the club’s operations after being forced to relegate to the second division. An insolvency application has already been filed for the GmbH, which had handled the professional operation. The club can, however, at least continue playing in the Tyrolean league (4th division). The protest against a judgment by the Tyrolean Football Association (TFV) has not completely ruled out participation in the third-rate regional league. The final decision in this regard will be made on Thursday.
800,000 euros budget for the coming season
If the rescue does not succeed, the club would have to start over after a new foundation in the ninth and lowest division. “I’ve been involved in all the talks and negotiations over the past few days and weeks, so I know the club’s situation,” Rauch emphasized in a club broadcast. “We as the board team are of course aware of the challenges of the current situation, but we are still optimistic that we will be able to save the club.”
He is in exchange with the liquidator, said Rauch of “TT”. “We’ll have a solution in 10 to 14 days.” A hole of around one million euros is rumored. The budget for the coming season is 800,000 euros. In addition to the 14 youth teams with around 250 children, the two women’s teams should also remain in the club if possible. Rauch: “We have a social responsibility and want to support everything as best we can. Our financial strength isn’t infinite. In the end, we have to be in the black.”
Rauch emphasized that his commitment was long-term. “Everyone must be aware that we are a long way from professional football at the moment, we have to accept the present.” According to his own statements, the Kufsteiner would like to use his experience as club boss in his home town and his contacts “to solve the current negative image of the club,” as he said in a Wacker broadcast. FC Wacker should once again become the club that “every Tyrolean likes to look up to and that enjoys popularity throughout Austria”.