On Easter Monday Rudi Volker celebrates his 60th. Birthday. Before the celebrations begin, the sports director of Bayer Leverkusen has let Revue pass through the past decades. In the interview with the “Sport Bild”, Volkler was approached on an offer from the German record champion of the year 2008. At the time, the former National Storm Uli Hoeness could have inherited as manager.
“It was nice to have received the request. But I already saw myself as part of Bayer Leverkusen. That is why I could not go to the Bavarians,”explained Volker, who has been working for the factory club since the beginning of 2005.
During this time Bayer developed into a top team of the Bundesliga, which is regularly represented in the royal class. Fuller fulfill the successes with pride.
“In the past ten years we have been six times in the group phase of the Champions League. This is very successful for Bayer Leverkusen,”said the 59-year-old, who is still not completely satisfied:”There are the Wermutstropfen that we have not got a title in the years. In the DFB Cup in particular, this would have been possible.”
Volker wants to continue until 2022
In order to be able to celebrate another title with Bayer, Volker is forced to go a little further.
“The thought that I once had, perhaps a little earlier, I rejected. By 2022 I will definitely continue,”Aunt Kate made it clear:”After that we must look. In due course, I will discuss with Werner Wenning as Chairman of the Societal Committee what is useful for the future.”
First, however, we also need to wait to see how long the Corona break will last and how it will continue to affect the football business. Even the ex-pro still has adaptation difficulties.
“The everyday work is changing. There are fewer meetings, no business trips. I call more, I have video conferences. Even the DFL members’meeting took place via video. This was not as lively as usual when we met and discussed at the hotel in Frankfurt,”said Volker.