1. FC Kaiserslautern: Earthquakes in the club after the sacking of Antwerp

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Earthquakes in 1. Kaiserslautern after the sacking of Antwerp

50-year-old Marco Antwerp has been in the third division 52 times on the sidelines of 1. FC Kaiserslautern

Coach Marco Antwerp has lost the last three matches of the third division with 1. FC Kaiserslautern

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1. FC Kaiserslautern first takes the guesswork out of it – then provides clarity. The sacking of coach Marco Antwerp and a succession plan with Dirk Schuster caused a lot of turmoil for the club before relegating to Dresden. The first resignation took place.

HIt can be assumed that this expulsion surprised coach 1. FC Kaiserslautern. Despite all the feuds with the club’s leadership that have long been simmering, the feuds with sporting director Thomas Heingen that have been going on behind the scenes for weeks.

But if you clear your closet a week before the relegation games against Dynamo Dresden, make room for Dirk Schuster and classify your relationship with the team as unreservedly, you may not understand the world anymore. Marco Antwerp In any case, Sport 1 spoke of a “crazy decision” that shocked him: “I don’t know why this guy would.”

This person is Thomas Heingen. According to the club, which took a deep look at its lack of emotion, it was done “after extensive analysis of the current situation”. In fact, not necessarily in favor of Antwerp. Kaiserslautern had lost its last three games of the season by a 2:7 goal difference, thus missing out on the direct promotion spot and ending the season in third place. In the 2-0 defeat to Victoria Colin on Sunday, FCK showed a blatant weakness in defense and acted largely without ideas in attack.

At the pre-match press conference in Cologne, Antwerp gave a one-minute talk in which he praised his team’s performance throughout the season and support for fans, but also expressed self-criticism for some of his behavior on the sidelines. In the past, his statement should be interpreted as a farewell speech.

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However, the dismissal caused a jolt to the club. For example, Fritz Fuchs, a member of KG’s supervisory and advisory board at FCK, has resigned from his offices. Fox said that football was “a very popular business. In this sport, as in life, this cannot be done without the principle of clarity/truth. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the decision is wrong. I feel sorry for Marco Antwerp and Frank Duber.” (Assistant Coach Antwerp, Editors). They have taken care of FCK in the best possible way and have had the greatest success since the club joined the Third Division. It’s even sadder when it ends like this.”

The separation from Antwerp has also been controversially discussed among supporters, and the FCK has always seen a massive influx of spectators again. Lautern’s largest fan forum is called “Der Betze brennt”, and the title has lost its relevance only in rare stages. Telephone operator Thomas Helms says: “Fans have reacted with great shock and at times angry at Marco Antwerpen’s dismissal. He led FCK from relegation to ascent point and was also a fan favorite due to his somewhat ruthless nature.”

Dirk Schuster left Erzgebirge Aue at the end of May 2021 and most recently worked as a TV expert

Dirk Schuster left Erzgebirge Aue at the end of May 2021 and most recently worked as a TV expert

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Antwerp’s successor, Schuster, will train on Wednesday, thus preparing for the relegation matches on May 20-24. He must also stay if promotion to the second tier goes wrong. In his coaching career so far, the 54-year-old has worked with Stuttgarter Kickers, Darmstadt 98, FC Augsburg and most recently FC Erzgebirge Aue. With Darmstadt, Schuster was able to be promoted from the third tier to the German Bundesliga. Assistant coach Sacha Franz will come to Pittsburgh with him.

Antwerp captured the four-time German champions on February 1, 2021 succeeding Jeff Sibin, saving the FCK from falling into the regional league and being highly regarded by the fans. In the past few weeks, sporting director Thomas Heingen has kept a low profile over a possible contract extension for Antwerp and has only spoken of the option to extend the 50-year-old’s contract automatically in the event of a promotion.

According to speculation, former national player Miroslav Klose is said to have been traded as a possible successor. The Cologne newspaper “Express” had reported that Klose’s name entered the rounds on the sidelines of the Victoria – Cologne match. There should have been a loose connection at the end of April.

Antwerp advisor Stefan Baxe had already criticized the club’s management prior to the split. “If all this is true, then it is amazing, to put it mildly, how you deal with a coach who not only saved Lutheran from relegation, which he thought was safe, but also allowed it to be the most successful third-division season in history,” said the Bucks at Sport1. .

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Hengen had previously used a rumor that Antwerp was about to switch to Schalke 04 as an opportunity to escalate the conflict with his coach. “Such rumors deliberately circulating fit with the image the club is currently presenting. I didn’t think that a professional club that could still be promoted to the second division would be so messy,” Bucks said.

Antwerp had assumed they would stay in Pittsburgh on Tuesday morning. In a phone call with Hengen, according to information from BILD, he was said to have learned of his departure.

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