4.06.2018Bayer 04

Helmes joins coaching staff

Patrick Helmes takes over as head coach of the Werkself youth teams from the start of the 2018/19 campaign. Helmes, who scored 38 goals and provided seven assists in 72 appearances for Bayer 04 between 2008 and 2014, has completed his coaching badges at the Sports College in Hennef. The 34-year-old is now working hard to learn all about the training and education provision for the youth section at Bayer 04 and get to know his new colleagues in the different ages groups.

"Coaches are important points of reference and key figures for talented youngsters making their way in professional football. I see the potential in Patrick to bring on youth players and to give us a boost in this area," said the director of the Bayer 04 Academy, Helmut Jungheim.

Bayer 04 sporting manager Jonas Boldt also emphasised the great advantages for Helmes in his new job given he is a former player. "Patrick has worked hard over the past few years on getting his coaching badges. As the holder of an A licence, he has the necessary experience and becoming a coach is the final step for him. But, of course, having been a German professional footballer also stands us in good stead," declared Boldt. "Patrick was an international player and an outstanding Bundesliga striker. Being able to engage a thoroughbred player like him in our youth section is worth a lot to us," added Boldt. "Patrick has the ideal prerequisites to become a great coach. We're all very much looking forward to working with him and we are sure it will very positive."

For the former pro, the return to Leverkusen represents "a great opportunity. Bayer 04 are a top club in Germany looking to be even more professional than before about youth development," declared Helmes. "On top of that, it will help the club bring through more homegrown players and it is an exciting and important job," added Helmes. "I'm excited about the next few years. It's great to be back to help develop the future of the club."


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