With the relegation of the league in the Bundesliga, the SKN St. Pölten also made a personnel decision. Robert Ibertsberger will continue to support Lower Austria in the coming season. In addition to the SKN, SV Mattersburg has also been rescued prematurely since evening work. In the Burgenland it is uncertain whether Franz Ponweiser will continue to look after them.
As you know, the 44-year-old is also the sports director at SVM. And since his assistant coach Markus Schmidt was subsequently included in the course for the UEFA Pro license by the Austrian Football Association (ÖFB) in June, he could now act as a coach from autumn. “We will calmly analyze what comes afterwards and see what is best for the club and our young players,” announced Ponweiser in the Sky interview immediately after the 4: 1 home win over the bottom of the WSG Tirol .
“Of course there is desire,” was his answer to a possible stay in the exhausting dual function, “but we have to see how we can best combine our strengths.” Because the past weeks were “not easy” for him. “I was very tense. The last two or three days were hard for me too. You have to be strong then, that was an extreme learning process for me,” Ponweiser admitted with a view to the first match ball awarded on Saturday evening when it was after 1: 0-break lead had a 1: 2 defeat against Admira.
But “the whole year was a good ‘roller coaster’. I am very happy that we got it over. For the whole club, for Burgenland, it is extremely important that we stay in the league”, Ponweiser emphasized and also thanked him President Martin Pucher, “who placed a great deal of trust in us in a phase where things weren’t going well, spoke highly of us and also supported us in the coaching team. Yes, it also distinguishes Mattersburg that we have a president who is there too holding you up when things don’t go that way. ”
In addition, Ponweiser was “extremely proud” of his players, whom he allowed the first day off after four weeks. “I said they should be on the way. We’ll meet again on Thursday. They deserve it.” Andreas Kuen would have had it too, but instead had to be hospitalized after a brutal foul by WSG defender Ione Cabrera (31) with a broken collarbone.
Robert Ibertsberger: contract extension “never in mind”
After the 3-0 win in the south town at the penultimate Admira, St. Pölten was also able to celebrate relegation before the last round on Saturday. Ibertsberger said that “never” the subject of contract extension “in his head. It was always a matter of staying up there. Thank God we did it. Congratulations to the team, we have exactly this passion that you need in the relegation battle, put on the pitch, “praised the Salzburg player, who achieved a new club record with the fifth away win this season.
Before his SKN engagement, Ibertsberger had only acted as an interim coach – in 2018 at the WAC and then last year at Wiener Austria – in the Bundesliga. Now his contract in St. Pölten was extended by one year. “Basically, I am always a man who wants to stay with a club for longer. I have never been able to do that in recent years, or have never been allowed to do it. Now I get the chance and now we have to see how we will position ourselves for next year “, the 43-year-old already looked ahead. “I am very confident that we will bring a powerful team to St. Pölten.”