New Preußen coach: “The team will push on”

New Preußen Münster coach Horst Steffen received generous applause for his promise on Wednesday evening that his team would give their all on the pitch and play honest football. Steffen was answering questions from the club’s marketing director, Dirk Kugel, and guest sponsors, at a “Preußen Chat” event held at Vovis Automobile GmbH Vovis Automobile GmbH, a subsidiary of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG.

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The 46-year-old football mentor, who took over from Ralf Loose during the winter break, came over as relaxed, approachable and eloquent. He was clearly looking forward to the team’s first league match after the break this Saturday, at home to Rot-Weiß Erfurt. “I’m glad we’re finally going to be playing,” said Steffen, after last weekend’s game against Würzburg was postponed. “The team is fit,” he claimed, adding that the injured players were on the mend and that the problems Jesse Weißenfels had been suffering from had at least now been diagnosed.

The fans could now look forward to watching a team that pressed on and tried to play attacking football, he said. “The important thing is to play as a team and be there for each other on the pitch.”

The new coach considers a positive atmosphere to be very important during training. It encourages the players to be creative and self-confident. However, if someone isn’t pulling their weight he’s quite capable of digging them out with a few sharp words. As a player, Steffen, who won the German U19 championship with Bayer Uerdingen along with Ansgar Brinkmann, learnt a great deal from the coaches he had, especially Friedhelm Funkel, Seppo Eichkorn and Wolfgang Frank. “They helped shape me the most.”

Steffen considers it entirely possible that Preußen could play a part in the promotion race again in the games that remain this season. After league leaders Dresden, he thinks the sides with the best chances of gaining promotion are Magdeburg, Großaspach, possibly Aue, and of course his own team.

During the course of the evening, the club’s president, Georg Krimphove, revealed that he was confident that the submission of the building plan in the second half of the year would yield some progress on the stadium issue.

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