Coach legend Anton Plattner retires – ‘I love football’

Coach legend Anton Plattner retires – ‘I love football’

Coach legend Anton Plattner retires – ‘I love football’

His last stop at SV Dornach was very disappointing for him, says the 73-year-old.

“I love football”, Anton Plattner underlines several times during the conversation: the coaching legend from Ismaning is now going to a well-deserved retirement. His last stop at SV Dornach was very disappointing for him, says the 73-year-old.

Mr Plattner, after five years the season is over at SV Dornach and you are finally retiring after a total of 45 years as a coach. Why now?

A lot has simply come together in Dornach in recent weeks. But it all started with Corona…

One of many promotions: Anton Plattner reached the district league with Dornach in 2018. Photo: Nico Bauer/Archive

One of many promotions: Anton Plattner reached the district league with Dornach in 2018. Photo: Nico Bauer/Archive – Photo: Nico Bauer/Archives

… but now it’s not just SV Dornach who have had to battle the effects of the pandemic. And after so many years as a coach, you should really say goodbye in a relaxed way. But it’s bothering you right now…

Yes, it’s true. I was not only a trainer – I was all in one person, also technical director – I took care of personnel planning, and the former president Gerhard Vodermeier always had an attentive ear.

What happened?

I had already noticed that I was no longer in such demand when I was suddenly completely excluded from the personnel planning for the new season. I don’t blame the new board either, people want to do something different, have their own ideas – they just should have known I’m the age where I can be spoken to openly. I absolutely did not want to be fired in the middle of the season, I wanted to make my own decisions.

Then there was an appointment with the new president Peter Aicher.

When I said in that unsatisfying conversation that I was quitting, he agreed – he obviously didn’t really want to change my mind. It was clear to me that something was wrong, Florian Ofenstein (the new second board member, editor’s note) had already spoken to some players about the new season. For me, it was clear: if the new board does not support me fully, I cannot continue.

Local meeting: Anton Plattner in conversation in Ismaning with journalist Merkur Guido Verstegen.  Photo: guv

Local meeting: Anton Plattner in conversation in Ismaning with journalist Merkur Guido Verstegen. Photo: guv – Photo: Guido Verstegen

A difficult decision after all these years…

… I did a little brainstorming at home with my wife, I weighed the pros and cons. Then it was clear that I would quit. I’m 73 now, I’ve been through a lot in my life as a footballer and had some wonderful successes.

Your wife has been through a lot with you – how did you actually meet?

I had known her from our school days in Garching, we got married in 1970. I was maybe 13 when Edith – a pretty girl with long dark hair – was standing across the street when I walked with my mother. I tell my mother: “You, I’m going to marry her.” And my mom just laughed, “Yes, yes, Burli.” When I was already playing for Bayern, I was in the disco in Ismaning and so was she. We made an appointment for the next day and that’s how it all started.

Continuity is important to you, what remains after 45 years as a coach?

The human. If someone remains a coach for eight and a half years, as I did at TSV Eching, not much can have happened. I built teams, everyone liked each other. Leading Lohhof and Eching in the Bayernliga was a sensation! Wherever I have been, I have obviously left positive traces, former companions like to see me again.

What was your most successful period?

I have only ever had success with teams that also behaved as a team, that is to say also during our free time when we sat together. Everyone is seated on a bench, on one level around the table and looks at each other in the eye.

Is this last season the biggest disappointment you have experienced as a coach?

Absolutely!

(Interview: Guido Verstegen.)

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