After a long search, Werder Bremen have finally found the man to replace long time sporting director Klaus Allofs who left for Wolfsburg in November in former Borussia Mönchengladbach and Nürnberg player Thomas Eichin.
The 46 year old is not going into the job blind and has experience managing a team but surprisingly it isn’t a football club but Köln’s ice hockey team, Kölner Haie or Cologne Sharks. Eichin will begin his work with Werder in the spring following the end of the hockey season in Germany. Club chairman Willi Lemke promised a creative and smart solution and believes that in Eichin they have found a worthy successor to Allofs:
We had announced that we would find a smart solution to succeed Klaus Allofs and we have found it with Thomas Eichin. He was on our shortlist from the very beginning and fits perfectly into the profile we had drawn up given his previous experience. He is an experienced negotiator, he knows the Bundesliga and has proven in the ice hockey world that he can survive the highs and lows at the top of a club with a great tradition.
Eichin, who will be presented next week on Monday, signed a contract with Werder until 2016 and will return to football following retirement back in 1999 playing with Borussia Mönchengladbach. Since then he has worked for Cologne’s ice hockey team but relishes a return to the beautiful game:
This is a unique opportunity for me to return to football in a very interesting position at such a renowned club. I am delighted with the faith the Werder Bremen bosses have placed in me. I would particularly like to thank the management of the Cologne Sharks, who allowed me to take this opportunity from the spring.
As a player, Eichin appeared in 176 matches as a defender for Gladbach from 1985 to 1996 and four more in 1998. He also played in 10 games on loan at Nürnberg. Following his playing career he worked with the club’s marketing department for three years before moving into a managerial role at Cologne’s hockey team where he has worked until now.
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