At the Austrian second division SKN St. Pölten, a cooperation partner of VfL Wolfsburg, a German could soon be in charge: Jan Schlaudraff, most recently at Hannover 96, is about to find a job in Lower Austria.
A frequent guest in Wolfsburg: Jan Schlaudraff.
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In purely formal terms, VfL Wolfsburg has nothing to do with a possible employment of Jan Schlaudraff at SKN St. Pölten. The second division, which started the new season badly and only ranks 11th in the table, is and remains, as the makers emphasize time and again, an independent club.
The cooperation between the German Champions League participant from Lower Saxony and the Bundesliga relegated from Lower Austria, which was initially set to run for four years in the summer, is primarily aimed at developing VfL talents as loan players in the neighboring country. With Lino Kasten, Ulysses Llanez and Yoon-Sang Hong, three talents from Wolfsburg are currently under contract with SKN.
Her boss could soon be called Jan Schlaudraff. According to kicker information, the former professional, who last worked as head of sports at Hannover 96 and agreed at the beginning of the week on a final separation from the “Reds”, had already been in Austria for a few days and got an idea of the conditions in St. Pölten.
Schlaudraff is a close confidante of Schmadtke
In the event of a job, the 38-year-old would then be officially a cooperation partner of VfL Wolfsburg, whose responsible persons as advisors certainly play an important role in this matter. Because: Schlaudraff is a close confidante of VfL managing director Jörg Schmadtke, has seen numerous Lower Saxony games at his side in the past, and recently also observed the Wolfsburg U19 – in which potential loan players are active for St. Pölten.
For Schlaudraff, the job in Austria would be a fresh start after his first position as head of sports in Hanover came to an early end. In 2019 he was promoted to sports director, six months later the exemption followed and then a legal dispute until an agreement was reached this week. Schlaudraff is now free, the discussions about an engagement in St. Pölten can now be intensified. VfL Wolfsburg is currently developing talent there – and possibly soon also executives …