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Out with the old braids

"GC, what now?" Stephan Rietiker says on this Monday morning. He sits in a meeting room in a Hotel in the Zurich West. The room is hard tower 2, it is the reminder that GC was once a proud club with its own stadium, and especially with a lot of success.

GC, now what? The Reputation is in ruins because of it, this club has managed in the last twelve months, yet every Time, a low point again below.

Rietiker is lined up in front of a good six weeks as President, to run the Grasshoppers out of the mess, you have to feel for him as six months. His first goal was called: the descent avoid. His next goal is: to immediately rise again. For this, he wants to convince the major shareholders Stephan Anliker and Peter Stüber, the necessary Budget sanction.

He does not like to confirm that there are 20 million, "since air is still in there," he says. But whether it is 18 or 19 million, it is still a horrendous amount for a League, in Rapperswil-Jona with 1.3 million Swiss francs for the wages of 1. Team. In the case of GC, the ranges in this back round so just to Finance Yoric Ravet and Caiuby.

Expected: The money of shareholders

Anliker and Stüber decide in the next few days, if you are also in the Challenge League ready to cover a deficit of around 8 million Swiss francs. The question is: Can Anliker application, in the last five years, the President, continues to be so much money as in the past? Or he's looking for the finish through the back door? And Stüber? He wants to be with a ' no ' to Budget responsible for ensuring that GC threatens to duration in the second-class citizens? Or, the German entrepreneur is to set a moral under so much pressure that he can only say Yes?

every year has squandered GC 20 million and more, without success. To many, it went well: officials, coaches, players. The former President André Dosé flew twelve times at the expense of the Association to Doha, 1. Class. Manuel Huber, CEO, flew in from holiday in Dubai for a meeting, back to Zurich, even at the cost of GC, at least business class. Only the Association brought the nothing.

Rietiker says: "We need to be open to New ideas. We need to reform the Club." He leaves no doubt that he wants to cut off the "old braids". From him, the restructuring specialist, he is since decades speaks.

As the press conference on Monday is coming to an end, says Stephan Rietiker to his coach Uli Forte: "So, now we have to get to work, Uli!" The phrase is striking, but not wrong. GC is a big construction site.

Rietiker provides his craft without make-up and romance. He has moved about external consultants, to prepare him to Decide. A Headhunter, a financial expert and a communications expert, he has the Basel Bernhard Heusler, and Georg Heitz, who contribute for the time being until the end of June in strategic and sports questions your Knowledge. All the costs, alone, the old FCB-sizes a six-figure sum by the end of June. Also Rietiker provides his work for free.

Wanted: A new team

The new management staff is looking for. On all levels it needs to finally expertise: the Board, just in a sporty theme, what Ricardo Cabanas or Christian Gross would be appropriate. It needs a new responsible for day-to-day business, and a sport-in-chief, also gives the impression that he would pursue their own financial interests. Rietiker wants to strengthen the Marketing and sponsorship. "This is wrong," he says. In the process, José M. San José becomes the Responsible 220000 francs in the year.

And a GC needs a whole new team. The game room is large, 13 contracts are to expire in the summer. Of Ravet, Caiuby, Sigurjonsson, Ajeti, Tarashaj, Ngoy, Pinga, etc., And also by Heinz Lindner. GC would like to keep the Goalie, even if he deserves 515000 francs. The Austrians are ready to talk, however, his Stay would be a surprise. The Challenge League can be the number 1 in his country, no real challenge.


Created: 13.05.2019, 21:57 PM

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