They had been publicly flirting about a contract extension for at least a month, and now the two parties have finally made it official; they’re taking another two years together.
Stefan Rehn enjoyed a playing career playing for the likes of Djurgården, Everton, IFK Göteborg, FC Lausanne before ending his career where ti all began: Djurgården. He also represented Sweden on 45 occasions. As a coach he started off with mens football by coaching Djurgården and Göteborg, before venturing into the world of women’s football with Jitex before joining Göteborg in 2013. He is one of the few who have Swedish league titles on his resume both as a player and as a coach.
Future is bright
Earlier this month Rehn, who turned 50 earlier this week, club captain Elin Rubensson and sporting director Lasse Svensson spoke positively about the new focus on utilizing younger players from the region, and the general direction the club is moving in, and how big a part Rehn is in that.
Rehn told Göteborgs-Posten that he “really believes in the idea” and that it “feels like we are going in the right direction with our U19 team”. Rubensson followed along those lines when she added that “it was because of this direction that she did it (signed a contract red.) (…) we have a lot of players with a lot of potential”.
According to Svensson, Rehn is the right man to utilize all this talent as he told Göteborgs-Posten: “We believe in Stefan. He is passionate about football, and above all, he is passionate about developing young players”. He’ll get plenty of time to do that in the next two years.
Two more years
Rehn is in his third season as manager of KGFC after he took over from Torbjörn Nilsson. In his first year KGFC finished third, but in the following campaign the club disappointedly placed sixth. This season the team is currently sixth in the standings, but has shown that when they play to the best of their ability then they are team that is capable of emerging victorious against everyone.
Their main problem has been consistency, and not dropping points against teams they really should win against. However, despite not getting the desired results, this seems like the perfect match between club and manager.
In a press release Svensson said that “Stefan is the right person to take us to the next level”, while Rehn repeated his words from earlier when he stated to the club's homepage that he “really wanted to be part of the team for the coming years, because I think we can take this far”.
Next up for KGFC is a postponed match tomorrow against the league leaders, Linköpings FC, before they play Kristianstad DFF on the 1st October.