Club coach Peter Stöger has extended his contract with 1. FC Köln with the new deal set to keep the Austrian tactician at the RheinEnergieSTADION until 2020.
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Stöger has been in charge of the Billy-Goats since summer 2013 and led the club to promotion in his first season and then Bundesliga survival in his second. The 49-year-old's existing contract was set to expire in June 2017, but club management were keen to secure Stöger's services for a longer period.
"Peter Stöger is the ideal coach for 1. FC Köln," said Jörg Schmadtke, the club's executive director for sport. "We are working successfully together, and want to continue that success with both Stöger and his backroom staff. The contract extension is a sign of the trust we have in our fantastic coach. He is very popular in the city and amongst the fans."
Stöger had only warm words for his employers, and admitted it was not a difficult decision for him to extend his contract. "Everything is great here, so I didn't have to think about it for very long," he said. "I feel very comfortable in a great club and brilliant city. I thank the club for the faith they have shown in my work. It gives me great motivation.
"[Our long-term aims] remain the same. We want to establish ourselves in the Bundesliga. Our 24 points so far this season are a good start."