Pros 21.06.2019 — 14:11 Uhr

Mainz 05 welcomes back Michael Thurk!

Michael Thurk is a Zerofiver once again! The 43-year-old former player will join Mainz as the third assistant coach in Sandro Schwarz’s team.

Michael Thurk in the UEFA Cup match between Mainz and FC Sevilla in the 2005/06 season.

Michael Thurk is a Mainz legend: he featured in 202 matches for the Zerofivers between 1999 and 2006, and was part of the 2004 side that saw Mainz get promoted to the Bundesliga for the first time, together with head coach Schwarz.

After the end of his playing career in 2014, Thurk took part in a continuing education course to become a tax consultant, worked as a youth football coach, and completed his A-license in 2018.

“After reviewing our internal structure, we identified certain areas where we can and want to develop ourselves further,” said sporting director Rouven Schröder. “The reasons for bringing in Michael Thurk as an assistant coach are to expand our coaching staff by diversifying the tasks and responsibilities within the team.”

Schwarz: Fits in spectacularly with us

“Michael has stayed in close contact with Mainz over the last few years. I’ve followed his development as a coach and we recently had a very intense conversation about coaching. He will support my team as the coach responsible for offensive movement, as well as during individual training and the analysis of our opponents. My current assistant coaches Jan-Moritz Lichte and Michael Falkenmayer have done an excellent job so far. Michael will give us another option when it comes to working with the team every day. He fits in spectacularly with us, given his previous experience as a striker in the Bundesliga, his coaching development, and his personality.”

“I’m incredibly excited to officially become part of the Mainz family once again. Mainz are giving me the chance to be part of the coaching staff at the highest level in the Bundesliga, and to continue to develop myself further as a coach. I can’t wait to do my part in developing and encouraging our team’s potential.”