Renee Aufhauser, assistant coach of Jesse Marsh currently at Red Bull Salzburg champion of the Austrian Football Series, will be head coach of second division club FC Liefering from the summer. The two clubs announced this at noon on Monday. Aufhauser signs a two-year contract with Co-op Salzburg, which is not allowed to be promoted to the Bundesliga.
The 44-year-old Styrian was a player for Red Bull Salzburg and FC Liefering (2012 to 2014), where he also worked as an assistant coach after his career, before former ÖFB-International took the position in December 2015 changing Red Bull. The German Aufhauser succeeds Matthias Jaissle in the current captain of the 2nd Division, who follows in the march on Salzburg. The American player will move to German club Leipzig in the German league, which will lose its current coach Julian Nagelsmann to score Bayern Munich, the summer champions.
“With my move to Liefering, I will leave a great team and my wonderful team-mates with whom I have had great experiences over the past five years,” Ophuser was quoted in a broadcast of the Bundesliga leaders as saying. In his advertisement for Liefering, he talks about “the next step in my personal development.”
Bernard Seonbuchner, Liefering’s sporting director, asserted that Aufhuser was the “ideal candidate” for Geisel’s successor. As a former player and assistant coach, he knows “our club, its values and the philosophy of our game (…) are unparalleled. In addition to his international experience as a player and coach in his career thus far, Rene is also impressive with his personal skills.”