On Saturday afternoon, we published the first part of the RevierSport interview with RWE’s sports director Jörn Nowak. Now comes the second part of the conversation.
In the first part of the big one RevierSport-Interview with Jorn Nowak said the sporting director Red and white food about the past season, the separation from Christian Neidhart and the changes in the two weeks after Neidhart.
In part two, the promotion manager from Essen talks about the winners of the season, the separation of Dennis Grote and Daniel Davari and the critical RWE environment.
Do you actually feel a piece like a winner of the last three weeks?
none But in the end, of course, one can say that all the decisions we made together contributed to us ultimately being at the top.
Speaking of winners: Who has impressed you this season, confirmed you, but also positively surprised you?
Here you can name a number of players. Felix Herzenbruch impressed not only with his fighting performance, but also with his consistency. José-Enrique Rios Alonso won the first half of the season and got a place. He made a significant contribution to our success. Jakob Golz has developed well and waited two years for his chance. When she came, he grabbed her by the lock and used it. Niklas Tarnat also rose like a phoenix from the ashes. In the moments when he was required, he stabilized us in the middle. Isaiah Young, who took a lot of criticism here last year, was strong. We met him many times in the 2020/2021 series. The live impression at the stadium was simply completely different from the fans before the live streaming. This season, with spectators in the stadium, he has impressively demonstrated what he is capable of. But also players from the second row like Yannik Langesberg should be mentioned here. I take off all my hats for him. Of course, he imagined the season differently for himself. But he never let himself down, was very motivated in every workout and saw only the big picture. A real team athlete that one could wish for. A Raphael Koczor should also be mentioned here. He accepted his role brilliantly and perfectly. He is a player with strong opinions, who sometimes makes his opinion known without being asked. But he always has the big goal in mind. The bottom line is that all the guys who were last in the locker room can feel like winners. They all made sure the team functioned as a team. That was the key to success.
I do not see that I had a difficult relationship with the boys. I demand professionalism and performance. It’s not my job to make friends in the team. This friendship, if we call it that, only works until the player feels personally disadvantaged.
And which players would you have expected more from?
Of course, there are players who did not get the playing time or the score values they thought they would. But there is no player who has disappointed us. We have risen and all players have their part in it.
Lower Rhine Cup victory 2020
Lower Rhine Cup semifinals: 2021, 2022
DFB Cup: Quarterfinals 2020/2021
Regional League – second place: 2019/2020
Regional League – second place: 2020/2021
Regional league champions and promotion to 3rd division: 2021/2022
It is often said of those around them that they have a difficult relationship with the leading players. See the suspensions by Daniel Davari or Dennis Grote. According to our information, Neidhart, for example, would have liked to keep Grote, but they are said to have spoken out against it. What is it and how will you assess the relationship between the sports director and the players, especially the leading players?
I have the feeling that I have a collegial, but above all professional relationship with the players. Also to the two mentioned players. I do not see that I had a difficult relationship with the boys. I demand professionalism and performance. It’s not my job to make friends in the team. This friendship, if we call it that, only works until the player feels personally disadvantaged. But in the end, it’s me who’s in charge here. There is simply no room for any sentimentalities. For example, I told Dennis Grote that from a human point of view, I can definitely understand his reasoning. But I also told him that in my role as sports director I can not understand why our team captain asked me to switch to a direct competitor for the title three matches before the turn of the year. And I have these two perspectives. On the one hand, I am Jörn Nowak as a person, but I get paid as a sports director in RWE. Back to the exclusions: It was clear to us that both cases could weaken the team. Still, we had to make decisions. We have tried to protect the crew and do not want to risk individuals endangering the structure. I always try to keep the big picture in mind. But I must also self-critically say that in our direct communication with the players, things did not always go smoothly.
Criticism often comes from outsiders who do not have a complete picture of the information. I can not wait for them to be able to assess my work in detail. But I also do not base my job satisfaction on what these people think of me
Do you sometimes feel special at Rot-Weiss Essen, too much scrutinized – or put another way: a little unfairly treated, treated too critically?
I can not emphasize that in general. Criticism often comes from outsiders who do not have a complete picture of the information. I can not wait for them to be able to assess my work in detail. But I also do not base my job satisfaction on what these people think of me. But I can assure you that I will always do my best and put the well – being of the club first. I am also willing to accept personal criticism.
Are you happy with Rot-Weiss Essen?
Yes, absolutely. But it’s not always easy either.