Both the Kölner Express and the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger have confirmed that Peter Stöger is officially out of the running to return as the head-coach of his former club.
It counts as certain that 1. FC Köln will need a new trainer after the current campaign concludes. As of Saturday evening, it also counts as certain that Peter Stöger will not be the man. This was confirmed by two reliable local newspapers.
"I had good talks with Horst Heldt and Alex Wehrle," Stöger is quoted in the Kölner Stadt-Anzeige as saying, "FC is a club that still means a lot to me and is very appealing. But, in the end, we felt that a return at the present time was not the right decision."
The articles appearing in the newspapers do hold that BVB interim trainer Edin Terzic and seasoned veteran coach Bruno Labbadia have been contacted about the position. Outgoing SC Paderborn 07 gaffer Steffen Baumgart is said not to be on the club's interview docket, suggesting that either Hannover 96 or Hamburger SV remain more likely to snatch the 49-year-old up soon.