Eichner had served as caretaker following the sacking of Alois Schwartz in February. He helped to solidify the side and a final day win against Greuther Fürth made sure of their 2. Bundesliga status.
Although it has taken ten days since then to confirm his future, there was no doubt he would be kept on. He has signed a two-year deal, as has assistant Zlatan Bajramovic.
Oliver Kreuzer, managing director of sport, said that Eichner had “taken over the team in a difficult situation and put them back on track,” and said he was “exactly the right man” to “stabilise the club on the field in the next few years.”
“I am very pleased about the trust of the board,” added Eichner. “We have all moved closer together in the past few weeks and months. Now we have the chance to build something here in the long-term.”
Eichner’s appointment means his long-standing relationship with Karlsruhe continues. He came through the youth teams at the club before leaving in 2009, and returned as a youth coach after retirement, acting as an assistant under various managers for three years before given handed the reins himself earlier this year.
According to the Badische Neueste Nachrichten, the delay to him signing a new deal had been due to “modalities” in the contract. They had previously reported he had an offer of a three-year deal, but having mentioned cost cutting following the impacts of coronavirus, it’s possible this impacted the length of the commitment.
Planning for next season can now continue in earnest, with the likes of Robin Hack, Florian Kath and Kenau Staude recently linked with the club. The latter two are likely to be more realistic prospects than Hack, who is likely to be out of their price range.
Header image source: Karlsruher SC.