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Going a separate way from Team Manager Finke  

After discussions were held between Urawa Reds and Team Manager Volker Finke about the expiry of his contract, the conclusion was made that his contract would not be renewed for the 2011 season. It was also decided that five coaching staff members, Karsten Neitzel, Ibrahim Tanko, Masahiro Fukuda, Tsuyoshi Otsuki and Masaki Morass who have led the team together with Team Manager Finke would not renew their contracts for the 2011 season.

The names of the new coaches for the 2011 season will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

◇ Comment from President Mitsuo Hashimoto

I am truly grateful for Team Manager Finke and the coaching staff members for their passionate work.

Team Manager Finke has worked on the reform of the team for the last two years in order to establish the so-called “Reds’Style”. He has accomplished a great deal during the two years. While the team manager has worked on reforming the mindset of veteran players, he has also actively brought in young players and made it possible for them to come to the forefront. He has worked on the challenging task of building the team through a generational change of players while winning matches. We believe that his efforts will bring a very positive outcome for future team building and development.

However, while we recognize the achievements brought by Team Manager Finke on the reform of the team over the last two years, we also sincerely accept the fact that the team has not been able to meet the expectations of our fans and supporters on several occasions such as losing a series of matches during the summer. We would like to take another step towards the next stage to build on the established “Reds’Style” in the 2011 season.

◇ Comment from Team Manager Volker Finke

I am extremely delighted that I was given the opportunity to be the Team Manager of Urawa Reds. I have had wide-ranging, rich and exciting experiences in Japan.

Regarding the work in the next year, it was decided that I would go a separate way from Urawa Reds after discussions with the club.

I sincerely hope that great success will be brought upon the club, the team, its fans and supporters for many years to come and the time we have spent together will bring a lot of benefits to the team.

We still have the J. League final home match as well as the Emperor’s Cup ahead of us. We will work hard together as one until the last moment with our utmost efforts.

※We will release a general overview of the 2010 season including the issues and reviews after the end of the 2010 season (Emperor’s Cup).