Cologne coach Baumgart extends deal by a year to 2025

football10 May 2023 12:32| © Reuters
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Cologne coach Steffen Baumgart has signed a one-year contract extension to 2025 after ensuring they will play another season of top-flight football, the Bundesliga club said on Wednesday.

Cologne are currently in 11th place on 38 points, 10 above the relegation playoff spot with three games remaining, after losing just one of their last six league games.

The 51-year-old joined in 2021, after having led second-tier Paderborn into the Bundesliga, and guided Cologne in his first season to a seventh-place finish and to the Europa League competition.

He has quickly become a fan favourite, firing them up with his passionate involvement in the game from the sideline.

"Our development as a whole speaks for itself. Steffen and his coaching staff are working with consequence and systematically along a clear philosophy," said Cologne managing director Christian Keller.