Marcel koller is not at all averse to a move to franconia. For the 1. FC nurnberg could thus turn the austrian world cup exit into a happy fugue:
Because after the refusal of wish-candidate christian gross jerks national coach koller with the coach-search of the fubball-bundesligisten according to medienangaben as new top-candidate in the center. The 52-year-old’s future at the austrian football federation (ofb) is unclear due to the missed qualification for the 2014 world championship in brazil – and koller flirts blithely with the german beletage. Everything is "open", the former bundesliga coach replied to a corresponding inquiry, according to the newspaper "osterreich".
Neither koller nor the FCN wanted to say anything about possible negotiations over the weekend, but the swiss player avoided a clear denial of the change speculations. Koller had already been talked about once in nurnberg almost four years ago, now a commitment to the club could become more concrete. Nothing is "fixed" yet, however, koller stressed shortly before his austrians’ last qualifying appearance on tuesday against faro. A 1:2 defeat in sweden on friday had robbed the team of its last chance at the world cup.
The franconians are still waiting for their first win after eight games in the bundesliga and had parted ways with michael wiesinger last monday as a result. For days, koller’s compatriot christian gross was considered to be the new coach – but on friday, the 59-year-old duplicated the franks with his surprising no.
Nurnberg’s powerful sports director martin bader actually wanted clarity about wiesinger’s successor by this monday – after all, the members’ meeting is coming up this evening, at which critical questions from the fans are now looming. Already on 19. October the franks have to face eintracht frankfurt again in the bundesliga. After the big cancellation, bader is now trying to buy himself time in the public search for a coach. He did not want to "rule out" that interim coach roger prinzen and his co marek mintal "will also be on the bench against frankfurt", he announced via "bild".
In the case of koller, his contract situation with the ofb could become an obstacle. The contract of the former bochumer and kolner with the national association ends at the end of the year – and not already in october, as ofb boss leo windtner had initially explained. If koller wanted to go to nurnberg, he would have to terminate his contract in vienna beforehand. Which would only be possible if the association plays along.
But it does not look rather after it. Despite missing out on world cup qualification, windtner wants to keep his national coach rather than let him go – and is not even averse to a medium-term extension with the swiss coach. "This is the first time i have heard of negotiations between the 1. FC nurnberg and koller. The austrian national team had to be more attractive to him than a german trainee," windtner wrote in the newspaper "osterreich".
The ofb has been negotiating with koller for a long time about a further term of office – so far without success. "It doesn’t fit, otherwise i had already signed," the coach said about it. Windtner was optimistic: "there is no gap. Koller sometimes comes rather dryly ruber. Typical for a swiss. But we have a very good basis for discussion," he claimed. The decision about koller’s future will be made after the faroer match, he explained, leaving plenty of room for interpretation: "I assume that we will use the time afterwards to clear things up.".