“Uli Hoenes inspired me”

That’s proper, and within the post-match press convention, Rudy mentioned, “It was Brazilian.” (laughs)

Simon Rolfes (proper) scored his first objective for Bayer 04 in opposition to Cologne in September 2005. Rudi Völler was the interim coach on the time.

That’s not the one cause you two have similarities. You have been captain and worldwide at Bayer and succeeded Wöller as sporting director since July. What was crucial factor you discovered from him?

I can consider issues in numerous areas, however there is no such thing as a one huge tip. However, I bear in mind the primary piece of recommendation I obtained from him as athletic director. We sat in his workplace on the BayArena this morning and he identified the window to the grass beneath and mentioned, “Simon, the essential factor is that we received on Saturday, it makes it simpler.”

It sounds a bit easy at first.

Absolutely. But that is simply the reality. As the saying goes, “You can assume 5 years till you win the following sport.” Profits assist develop and enhance constructions in the long term. Short-term success all the time comes first – it impacts the gamers, the workers, the entire job on the membership. Only in case you may be profitable within the quick time period are you able to develop the membership and understand the imaginative and prescient in the long run.

What was it like working with Wöller on a human degree?

We have a relationship of nice belief. He put a whole lot of belief in me – I used to be given a whole lot of freedom and will design issues myself. He typically permits me to do that and acquire my very own expertise. Despite this, he was all the time prepared to provide me recommendation after I had questions.

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Two Leverkusen legends: Simon Rolfes (left) and Rudi Völler have an excellent giggle on the sidelines of a sport in opposition to Greeter Fürth within the spring of 2022. (Source: IMAGO/Sportfoto Zink / Daniel Marr)

It sounds too harmonious.

That’s proper, you would possibly assume so (laughs). But critically: Constellation with Rudy was excellent for me. There was by no means any jealousy. Rudy allowed me to design issues and likewise slowly let go of the themes. Many individuals in such a place can’t be launched. For me, this chance to create was invaluable.

Nevertheless, it leaves an enormous mark. Do you are feeling strain as Wöller’s successor?

Certainly. Obviously, the accountability is larger – when it comes to externality as effectively. It’s somewhat completely different on the within. I’ll proceed my work as earlier than. Because scouting, younger expertise, and so on. was my space of ​​accountability. With the appointments of Tim Steidten (2019, at present’s Sports Manager, Editor’s Note) and Thomas Eichin (2020, Head of Youth and Women, Editor’s Note), I’ve gained some essential workers. Not a lot has modified in my day-to-day work with my workers. We have been getting ready this step-by-step through the years.

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