1. FC Köln confirmed on Wednesday that Stefan Ruthenbeck will remain in charge until the end of season.
The 45-year-old was appointed as interim coach following the dismissal of Peter Stöger, while Ruthenbeck guided FC to their first Bundesliga win of the season on MD17, against VfL Wolfsburg.
“FC is my club. To be given the trust to do my job here makes me proud as a local of Cologne and it is a tremendous chance as a coach. Together with my coaching staff we will do everything in our power to approach the next 17 league matches as if they were finals and to keep the dream alive of remaining in the Bundesliga,” Ruthenbeck told the club’s website.
1. FC Köln have also confirmed the signing of Simon Terodde from VfB Stuttgart on a deal until 2021.
The former Bochum and Stuttgart forward played for the Billy Goats between 2009 & 2011 during his earlier years.
Terodde told the club’s website: “I had two very nice years in Cologne and am really happy to return here. I made my first step as a professional footballer in Cologne and know all about the special atmosphere at the RheinEnergieStadion. Of course we have a difficult challenge awaiting us in the second half of the season, but we will do everything we can in order to maintain our place in the Bundesliga.”
Multiple reports suggest Köln paid around €2 million.