Schwenninger Wild Wings of the DEL have extended Paul Thompson’s contract through to the end of the 2019/20 season.
Thompson joined the struggling German side following the departure of former head coach and Canadian native, Pat Cortina, in early November after the Wild Wings were able to tally only a single win in their first 12 games – enough for the bottom rung of the DEL league standings.
Following the announcement of his contract extension, Thompson said; “I have found a very intact environment here and I enjoy working with this team every day. We will work very hard in the coming weeks and months to continue to succeed and at the same time set the course for next season”
Since Thompson’s appointment, the Wild Wings position has not changed – they still find themselves at the bottom of the league with a record of 8 wins and 10 losses since his arrival, but he stands firm in his belief that they can push to make the playoffs.
Thompson’s side are currently amidst a 3 game losing streak following a 0-1 loss to Düsseldorfer EG at home. Thompson said in a recent press conference;
“There has been a lot of criticism thrown at us, and rightly so. After coming in to the Christmas period with a couple of wins, we are very disappointed to lose 3 games in a row and we need to stop the bleeding. We still believe we have an opportunity to make the top 10 and reach the playoffs – it’s a tough, tough task, but we are in the business of trying to win games and that’s not going to change until it’s mathematically impossible”
Despite Schwenninger’s current position in the league, results have undoubtedly improved since Thompson’s arrival and Wild Wings Managing Partner, Michael Werner, believes that Paul Thompson is the best man to lead the team back to success next season.