17.05.2011 12:08

New managerment team introduced: Peter Schöttel takes Hütteldorf Hotseat

Rapid legend Peter Schöttel, who spent his entire playing career in the famous Green & White, was confirmed as the new Head Coach. Schöttel will assume the office as of the 1st June and has signed a two year contract. His 524 appearances for the club make him the player with the most appearances in Rapid history. The 44 year old returns following a 5 year adjournment. "I am delighted that from June I’m the head coach of Rapid. My coaching staff is made up of people I trust. They are experienced football people. We look to the future with a young coaching staff ready to pursue the glorious goals of SK Rapid", said Schöttel.Sports Manager also announcedAlongside Schöttel is Stefan Ebner. Previously Team Manager, he has now seen his role developed into the Sports Manager of SK Rapid. He will be overseeing the financial aspects of first team affairs. "I am grateful for the confidence shown in me and look forward to the challenge", stated Ebner. Former German international Carsten Jancker was also on hand, introduced to the media as the new Sporting Director of the SK Rapid Academy and youth set up. Jancker was part of the Rapid 1996 Europa Cup side, and picked up a league winners medal with the club in the same season. Jancker’s role sees him looking at a huge scope of football: From the reserves all the way through to the Under 6 side. "The whole team is working together to put Rapid back on the right track", said Jancker. Hickersberger, Hedl and Baholli provide further support Peter Schöttel’s coaching staff comprises the trio: Dritan Baholli, Thomas Hickersberger and Raimund Hedl. Baholli will be Schöttel’s assistant coach and follows his boss from Wiener Neustadt. Thomas Hickersberger has been working as an under 16 coach at the Admira Football Academy and now makes the step up to join Schöttel’s team. Experienced keeper Raimund Hedl assumes the role of Goalkeeping Coach.  New coaching staff for the Rapid Reserves Zoran Barisic will take over the as head coach of the reserves at the start of the new season. Robert Haas will remain assistant trainer. Goalkeeper coach Thomas Bogendorfer will also stay on in his current position. "The new structure of the club has created new opportunities. There will be a sharper and more effective collaboration", explained Barisic. (gw)