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Kicker Report: Kenan Kocak and Jan-Moritz Lichte set to join Kuntz on the Bosporus

By Peter Vice

German footballing magazine Kicker reports that two co-trainers with first and second tier experience, but none from the Germany U21 staff, are set to follow Stefan Kuntz to the Turkish national team.

Stefan Kuntz.
Stefan Kuntz.Photo: Steven Schaap, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0

Turkey's new national team trainer Stefan Kuntz hinted that he would be taking some of his staff members with him whilst also emphasizing he would take care not to "gut" the Germany U21 coaching staff. According to Germany's preeminent footballing publication, the two assistant coaches joining Kuntz on his new adventure have been selected.

Both co-trainers actually have experience running Bundesliga squads. The much-sought after "Turkish liaison" is apparently former Waldhof Mannheim, SV Sandhausen, and Hannover 96 head-coach Kenan Kocak. The 40-year-old Kayseri native grew up as a Mannheim academy player in the Bundesrepublik. He coached a total of 243 matches in the lower divisions.

Kuntz's other choice is also not a member of the Germany U21 faculty. Jan-Moritz Lichte, who served as FSV Mainz's caretaker trainer for 12 Bundesliga fixtures last season, shall tag also tag along. Lichte remained under contract with Mainz as a coaching advisor. The FSV cleared the way for him to depart by terminating his contract on Friday.

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