Viktoria Köln is pleased to welcome a well-known reinforcement: Andreas Rettig will take over the chairmanship of the management at the Schäl Sick club from June 1. The collaboration is initially set for four years.
The 58-year-old’s commitment is based on a longstanding bond. “Andreas Rettig was a player at Viktoria from 1986 to 1988,” said Viktoria Köln President Günter Pütz. “He has been an honorary member of the club since 2012 and, for example, supported our junior division. His competence in football is undisputed. His experience and expertise will help us a lot. It is a huge asset for Victoria.”
There are reasons why Rettig – who was DFL managing director from 2013 to 2015 and who previously directed the fortunes of 1. FC Köln, SC Freiburg and FC Augsburg as manager – decided to work for the Höhenberger. “First of all, the location should be mentioned. My wife and I didn’t want to move anymore,” said Rettig. “In addition, I don’t want to make any compromises in the last third of my professional life. I want to surround myself with people with whom I work trustingly and with joy. And that’s the feeling I have here. I’m also interested in the perspective of the club that I played for myself in the 1980s. I also find the freedom of planning and implementing the way I want to do it.”
Rettig last worked in football (until September 30, 2019) as commercial manager at FC St. Pauli. He ended his activity in Hamburg for private and personal reasons in order to return to his adopted home Cologne with his wife Cordula, “Shortly afterwards, Franz-Josef Wernze and Viktoria sports director Franz Wunderlich, with whom I had played together myself, asked me, whether I could not imagine getting involved with Viktoria Köln. At the time, this didn’t fit into my life plan. But we stayed in touch and continued to exchange ideas. In the last few months we have concretized our common goals. So now is the right time to start my job at Viktoria.”
Andreas Rettig said, “I have the feeling that our values match. We also speak a common language when it comes to organizing the club. Of course we want sporting success – but not at any price. Because economic reason and, above all, a clear commitment to regional social responsibility, which we as a football club want to live up to, have priority here.”