Former Ferns coach joins the dole queue after collapse of German club

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New Zealand Football’s former technical director, Andreas Heraf, has registered as unemployed after his German club Türkgücü München folded, leaving a trail of debt and unpaid players.

Austrian Heraf (54) had returned to Europe in 2018 after a short stint in New Zealand where he had coached the Football Ferns until his resignation after complaints against him.

Heraf was appointed manager at third division Türkgücü München last December.

Insolvency administrators have withdrawn the club from competition after it was forced into bankruptcy by the sudden withdrawal of support from club owner Hasan Kivran in January.

‘I knew that it could be a dance on the razor blade’

Heraf told German tabloid Bild:

“From January 12, our president was no longer available for me.

“All my messages were read but never answered. What I don’t understand is that he is throwing away his investment.

“He could have sold in the summer but I don’t understand why he drops the club in the middle of the season. Like a toy that you suddenly don’t want anymore.

“It’s not professional. I knew that it could be a dance on the razor blade with him, but that it ended like this? Nobody knows why he made that decision. I’m disappointed, angry and also stunned.”

Heraf told laola1-at the players and coaches would “go to the employment office; we will register as unemployed.

“In the end, we were on our own. We did our thing until the last day. Now the time has come to pack our bags.”

Main photo: Andreas Heraf. File photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

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