aAfter matches in nine Bundesliga stadiums ended on Saturday, Lutz Hangartner was briefly suspended. The head of the German Football Coaches Association (BDFL) – also thought of VFB Stuttgart, who secured relegation in injury time. Hangartner was delighted with VFB coach Pellegrino Matarazzo, with whom Swabians have been stuck with for the past few weeks despite their precarious position in the relegation battle. “Your conviction and belief that Materazzo is the right coach for VFB has paid off. “I think that’s a good thing,” said Hangartner, the day after the season ended with five early coaches being laid off.
At Wolfsburg, Bielefeld, Leipzig and Hertha BSC, where Typhoon Korkut first followed Bal Darday and then Felix Magath to Korkut, coaches lost their jobs. However, there was no talk of an earthquake in training, as there was at the end of the previous season: the first six clubs in the final table swapped their coaches and two other clubs. It was the first in the history of the Bundesliga. Now something similar threatens again.
The coach follows the club manager
At the end of the 59th season, the coaches once again dominated the headlines. Two, to be exact – two we announced on TV that this was their last game as the club’s responsible coach. Markus Weinzerl did it in Augsburg and Ade Hütter in Mönchengladbach.
While Hütter, who was said to have been paid by Borussia in a transfer fee of 7.5 million in 2021 to rip him away from Eintracht Frankfurt and offer him a three-year contract, he said on Sky that the decision to go separate ways “after many intense minutes and discussions” was taken. In harmony, Weinzierl’s end was surprised.
The 47-year-old, who was named the FCA’s head coach for the second time in his career in April 2021, called his players together shortly after the 2-1 win over Greuther Fürth to tell them he would no longer be working. their coach. Then he went to the interview on Sky and single-handedly announced his retirement. “I really wanted to stay here longer. For me, it was the right decision not to have any more conversations,” Weinzerl said, thus revealing a broken relationship with sports director Stefan Reuter. He hadn’t taken over before. “No, but he’s going to notice now. Weinzerl said when asked the related question.
His contract runs until the end of June, and there was no talk of an extension until recently. There should be talks with Reuter next week. Weinzerl said it would have been a “clear sign” if talks about the future had not taken place before the last round. “Many reasons” would have been decisive in the end for your farewell. In Augsburg this was the second departure in 24 hours. On Friday, President Klaus Hoffmann announced his resignation after eight years. It is said that health reasons were the deciding factor.
Speculation about Hoeneß and Kohfeldt
As far as Weinzierl is concerned, it is entirely possible that he wanted to have the authority to explain and frustrate those responsible. Because recently there has been speculation about Weinzierl’s possible successors. And the newspaper “Sport Bild” reported that Enrico Masen, the second coach of Borussia Dortmund, should be one of the candidates.
The debate over Adi Hütter’s successor is also taking place in Mönchengladbach. Even before Borussia’s last game against Hoffenheim (5-1), there was speculation that Hütter would finish prematurely. Lucien Favre, who was coach at Gladbach from 2011 to 2015, is said to be a candidate. Daniel Farke, who last worked in Krasnodar and before that in Norwich City, too. Hütter, in turn, is said to be in discussion with Hertha BSC. The Berliners still have to worry about staying in the league and are now playing in two relegation games, but with Freddy Bobic a good acquaintance of Hütter driving fortunes as sporting director. He brought Bobic Hütter from Austria to the Bundesliga in Frankfurt in 2018 and worked with him there for three years.
There is movement in the industry. Upgrade Schalke 04 is still looking for a coach. According to “BamS”, there may also be a new head coach at 1899 Hoffenheim, where Sebastian Hoeneß and his team, who have recently failed to complain about them, participated first in the Champions, then in Europe and finally in the conference of the losing March of the League.
Schmadtke justifies the separation of Kohfeldt
There is also a change of coach at Wolfsburg, where Florian Kohfeldt inherited Mark van Bommel, who had committed last summer, in the fall of 2021. After a poor season the club announced the split on Sunday.
“We continued and intensified the analysis of the season on Saturday night and Sunday morning, and in the end we had to ask ourselves how flexible the additional collaboration would be,” said manager Jörg Schmädtke. A pressure situation at the beginning will mean a very heavy burden for the team, the coach and the club. Therefore, through trust and honest discussions, we have mutually agreed to terminate the cooperation.”