Alexander nouri does not want to waste time. The fact that FC ingolstadt’s second-division challenge in koln comes just one day after his appointment as the new head coach doesn’t scare the 39-year-old.
The performance in the cathedral city is "a highlight for everyone", says nouri. This attitude should ease the upper bavarian football club after the unsuccessful start to the season, and nouri’s bundesliga experience as coach of werder bremen should ensure a turnaround in the still young season.
Tactical concepts or even profound team knowledge could not present nouri at his presentation on monday – in view of the lightning commitment only two days after the separation of stefan leitl, that would probably also be too much to ask for.
"It’s not about solving the system question, it’s about the team being ready to deliver the maximum," nouri said before leading the schanzers’ first training session. "It’s about quickly creating a bond with the team and building a shared commitment to keep the team focused on one goal."
FCI is fully committed to the new coach, who, like assistant markus feldhoff, has been given a contract until 2020. "After the talks we are 100 percent convinced that he is the right man for us," said sports director angelo vier. "Alex is on fire for this task. He has already shown at werder bremen that he can lift a team and drive it along." after a 0:6 in bochum, a 0:1 at home against st. Pauli and only five points from six games is also necessary.
The german-iranian, who was coach at werder until october 2017, announced: "i’m really up for the task at FCI."The talks with the responsible persons went very well. "That’s why the conviction was there immediately, and i didn’t have to think about it for long. We were immediately of the same opinion, especially with regard to the content, fubball and the values of the club," said nouri, who is regarded as emotional, motivational, but also dogged from his time in bremen. He terminated his current contract with werder shortly before the event.
"The team and the conditions here in golstadt are excellent, now it’s up to us to combine forces and get the team back on track," he said of his new team, which had actually been notably strengthened in the summer. "The anticipation of working with the boys and the people in the club is enormous, and that’s why we’re approaching this task with a high level of motivation."
Nouri is the FCI’s fourth head coach in just over two years. Neither markus kauczinski nor maik walpurgis and stefan leitl stayed more than 13 months in ingolstadt.