Paderborn - Former Germany international Stefan Effenberg pulled in quite the crowd at his unveiling as the new head coach of Bundesliga 2 side SC Paderborn 07.
The 47-year-old appeared relaxed for the challenge of his first job as a professional coach, 11 years after he ended his playing career with 370 Bundesliga appearances and 71 goals – and a top-flight record of 114 yellow cards.
Effenberg replaces Markus Gellhaus, who was relieved of his duties on 6 October with Paderborn having picked up seven points from their opening ten Bundesliga 2 games after dropping out of the top flight last season.
'The only way is up'
Here is what the new man at the helm in East-Westphalia had to say to the assembled media on Wednesday…
“I’m delighted to be here. We had some excellent conversations and I signed the contract without a moment's hesitation. Now I'm looking forward to what challenges I'll be facing. I'm raring to go. We're starting right from the beginning. When I talk to the players, I need to build up their confidence, as the quality is definitely there. We're looking forward. I'm convinced that with the amount of quality in the squad, the only way is up."
“The first contact we had was last Thursday, as I flew to America last Friday to visit my daughter. All the effort we've gone to has been worth it. The first impression you make is vital and you don’t get second chances. This isn't a stepping stone to something else – I have a contract until 2017."
“I've spent time in Paderborn. I was here when they played FC Bayern München, although I can’t remember how it finished (grins) [Bayern won 6-0 in February 2015]."
“Bundesliga 2 is an even league and I don’t see any favourites for promotion. There’ll be one or two surprises before the end of the season."
"One is the special one, one is the normal one. I'm the new one."