Positive, Thoughtful Passion and Intensity
Technical Director Ralf Muhr spoke to fk-austria.at about the summer transfer window, his expectations for the new season, about the consistency between the academy, the Young Violets and the A-team, and the increasing professionalization of Austria Wien.
What are your first experiences and impressions in your role as Technical Director of Austria Wien? Which individuals issues had to be improved in the A-team?
The first major focus was, of course, the squad optimization of the A-team and the Young Violets. With the training start we also defined our goals. It is important to me that the spirit of optimism, which can be felt throughout the club, is also visible on the training ground and on the pitch. My work as Technical Director has been very intense and extremely demanding. For me personally, it was a shift from the Academy to the A-team.
How should the team appear, for Ralf Muhr to say, "I am satisfied"?
My top priority is that the team has a positive and thoughtful passion - a passion with brain. This passion must be felt by fans, employees, media and club leaders. Equally important is a high intensity in our game - resulting in a victory for Austria Wien.
Austria Wien made radical changes to the squad during the summer. What is your interim conclusion regarding the summer transfer time?
Our goal was to bring together a team that shows what we want to stand for: passion, mentality, the will to win, technical good football. I am convinced that we have the right types of players. It was also important to give the players, who have been with the club for a long time, the same kind of spirit.
Is the squad for the new season complete yet?
We’ve already had major changes, but we must continue to be vigilant as to whether we still need to react in one way or another. In my role, I will always look at the Young Violets and the Academy first, in order to see which positions we can re-occupy ourselves in the future. My focus as Technical Director is not only on this season, but on the next years. I think we have implemented our projects credibly and professionally so far.
How do you rate the cooperation with head coach Christopher Steegmann and his coaching team so far?
So far, the cooperation has been excellent, in my opinion. I see myself as a supporter and corrective in sports matters. I am in daily exchange with the entire coaching team around Christopher Steegmann, as well as with the rehab team and the team's management. From all sides I feel a very high work ethic and a high professionalism. You can feel that everyone wants to be successful.
This Bundesliga season offers unique opportunities, most likely with one UEFA Champions League and two UEFA Europa League spots. What is the goal for this season?
We want to attack. The big goal is, of course, to play in the Champions League in this stadium next season. We go into every game with the aspiration to win and to show our qualities on the pitch.
”I am convinced that we have the right types of players.”
What are your impressions of the first games in the new Generali Arena?
I think you can now imagine what can happen here if our team is passionate. The stadium and the atmosphere here have left terrific impressions on me. The optics with the violet, which overlays the green, is simply outstanding and cool.
As Technical Director you are also very much responsible for the consistency between the academy, the Young Violets and the A-team. What is significant for this?
The young players must be able to feel that there is perspective for them in their own club and that there is continuity. Gassmann and Hahn from the Young Violets, who gained valuable experience in the training camp with the A-team, are good examples - or even the many Academy players who were on training camps with the Young Violets. However, the consistency also applies to sports science and scouting.
The Young Violets are now playing in the second Bundesliga. What role will coach Andy Ogris' team play there?
It is important that our perspective players have the ideal platform with the second Bundesliga, to show their potential and to develop further in order to be ready for the A-team as quickly as possible. I think the Young Violets can play a great role in the second Bundesliga. Fans can look forward to another Austria Wien team that will go to work with a lot of intensity and dynamism.
What will be the focus of the sports area in the near future, apart from the two professional teams and the academy?
We want to make the next steps of professionalization in the area of our rookies - above all in terms of trainer quality and infrastructure.
”The optics with the Violet which overlays the Green, is simply outstanding and cool”
He should have quite a big role to play, he’s a good wing back and if he develops further could be key to the system I’m trying to implement!
It is very useful, but I’ve never worked with this little money in a story before so it may not be as accessible a deal as it appears come the summer, but we shall see what the season has in store. Not having European football this season is a big blow but hopefully if we can qualify this year, we’ll have a bit more in the kitty to play with.
Thanks man, glad to have you on board for the ride!
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