Dynamo Dresden: Jürgen Wehlend only stays until December – club structure as a reason?

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Dynamo Dresden: The commercial director Jürgen Wehlend will not extend his contract, which expires on December 31st.

Dresden – Continuity is a great asset in football, which unfortunately is far too rare. A fact that you also at Dynamo felt again these days. Because yesterday, Thursday, the club gave the Farewell to Jürgen Wehlend (56) at the end of the year known.

Jürgen Wehlend (56) says "bye".

Jürgen Wehlend (56) says “bye”. © Robert Michael/German Press Agency GmbH/dpa

The commercial director will not extend his contract, which expires on December 31st. Wehlend made this decision for “fundamental considerations”, according to a club statement.

TAG24 would have liked to know what these are, but the 56-year-old could not be reached on Thursday.

So only speculation remains.

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However, it is said behind closed doors that the managing director had forestalled the supervisory board himself. In Dynamo’s control panel, there is said to have been at least no broad approval for Wehlend’s course. Alleged solo efforts were also criticized.

Wehlend’s number one motive is likely to be the association’s structure and the far-reaching decisions that go along with it – including economic ones – that the members can make at the annual general meetings.

This is also supported by Wehlend’s statement that his contract “is not to be extended in the current constellation”.

Dynamos Ultras were not always satisfied with Jürgen Wehlend's decision.  After "Jersey dispute" to be a back sponsor, he was accused of lacking identity.

Dynamos Ultras were not always satisfied with Jürgen Wehlend’s decision. After the “jersey dispute” about a back sponsor, he was accused of lacking identity. © Picture Point/Roger Petzsche

Not only Wehlend is not 100 percent satisfied with the club structure

President Holger Scholze also wants a structural change.

President Holger Scholze also wants a structural change. © Lutz Hentschel

“There is a management of the association, and the general meeting is the highest body,” Wehlend explained at an event organized by the association in Radeberg in mid-January.

Dynamo currently has almost 25,000 members, and at the last meeting in November 2022, around 500 decided on various applications.

Wehlend: “You have to let go of the past and work together to create entrepreneurial structures. The club must become more entrepreneurial in its structures and trade.”

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However, it is not about a spin-off of the professional department, which is traditionally feared by black and yellow, “it is about acting within the club. If we are not willing to break new ground, it will be extremely difficult”.

President Holger Scholze (51) also helped Wehlend at the time: “We are too sluggish in many decision-making processes and have to modernize or even adapt our club structures.”

Cover photo: Montage: Robert Michael/Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH/dpa & Picture Point/Roger Petzsche

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