Fortuna Dusseldorf coach unexpectedly signs new deal

DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - DECEMBER 15: Friedhelm Funkel, head coach of Fortuna Duesseldorf looks on prior to the Bundesliga match between Fortuna Duesseldorf and Sport-Club Freiburg at Esprit-Arena on December 15, 2018 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Friedhelm Funkel has surprisingly signed a new one-year contract at Fortuna Dusseldorf

The German coach was expected to leave at the end of the season following an announcement by Fortuna last week due to their failure to agree on a new deal.

But now the Bundesliga side have done a u-turn and renegotiated successfully with Funkel to tie him down at the Merkur Spiel-Arena for another 12 months.

“My great wish was always to continue working with my great staff as well as this incorruptible team,” Funkel told the club website.

FREIBURG IM BREISGAU, GERMANY - APRIL 21: Janik Haberer (L) of Freiburg challenges Axel Witsel of Dortmund during the Bundesliga match between Sport-Club Freiburg and Borussia Dortmund at Schwarzwald-Stadion on April 21, 2019 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Lucien Favre delighted with Dortmund efficiency

The Borussia Dortmund manager hails the job his players did today, as they continue to race against Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title.

“I’m very happy that we were able to reach an agreement during the winter break.

“Now, we can focus on the important second half of the season with the necessary calmness.”

Fortuna, who are 14th in the Bundesliga, will take a trip to FC Augsburg this Saturday in their next league match.