Created on 2015-05-06 at 18:00 PM
There will be a change in Svetislav Pesic's FC Bayern coaching staff next season: Assistant coach Andreas Wagner will become head coach of ambitious ProA-League side RASTA Vechta, while Emir Mutapcic has extended his contract with the German Champions until 2017.
"I did say that I would like to continue working with the same staff as I do currently, but I can also understand Andreas’ decision," said Svetislav Pesic following extensive discussions with his two proven colleagues on the coaching bench. "I thank Andreas for his valuable work so far. At the same time, I very much look forward to continuing the partnership with my friend and colleague Muki Mutapcic. I'm happy that he has extended his contract."
54-year-old Mutapcic joined Bayern's coaching staff in January 2013. Last year, he was also in charge of Germany's national team and coached the side to a successful European Championship qualification. The recognised trainer, once a successful international player himself with the former Yugoslavia and renowned head coach (five titles with ALBA Berlin), said: "I honestly didn’t need too long to think about it and I'm very happy that I will continue to be part of the Bayern family. My passion and fighting spirit remain very high and I will do everything I can in helping this club grow in all areas."
Andreas Wagner, 39 years old, has almost become a permanent fixture with Bayern's Basketball team: Born in Munich, he was FCBB's head coach from 2000 until 2006. In 2004, he led the team into the 2. Bundesliga. He achieved promotion to the first league with Nördlingen and Bayreuth, and in 2012 he was head coach of the Germany Women's national team. After that he joined FC Bayern's staff as assistant coach.
"It was time for me to do something new again as a head coach," said Wagner, who will sign a long-term deal with Vechta, who was in the Bundesliga last season. "It's not easy for me to leave this club because Munich is my home town and I've been with FC Bayern for nine years now. I've felt very comfortable here and I want to thank every single member of the team, the administrative office and above all my coaching colleague Svetislav – we won't lose touch."
Bayern managing director Marko Pesic thanked Andreas Wagner "for his great commitment, which will benefit the side in the upcoming play-offs as well. The fact that Muki Mutapcic will continue to work with us does make up for the loss slightly, however. He is a godsend for us." Bayern will announce Andreas Wagner’s successor in the coming weeks.