Alexander Schmidt, the former coach of Dinamo takes over the leadership of the traditional club!
Written by Stefan Bruel
Offenbach Alexander Schmidt (53) From the coaches market! Former coach of Dynamo Dresden He took over the leadership of the ambitious fourth-tier club Kickers Offenbach.
The club announced it from Regionalliga Südwest on Wednesday. The new coach was first introduced during a press conference.
There Schmidt said, among other things: “I also had options for a new commitment in the third degree, but I made a conscious decision in favor of Oceania.”
Because he could build something on Bieberer Berg. After all, the traditional club wanted promotion for many years, but now it has lost that goal several times despite expensive teams that are excellent by fourth-tier standards.
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That’s why Schmidt also explained: “It’s important to accept Regionalliga Südwest with a certain amount of humility in order to have a chance to get out of the league quickly.”
He already has a clear idea of it: “The goal should be to develop us into a permanent player with a style of play that excites the fans.”
He can address that in the coming weeks and months, ideally. It remains to be seen if he will perform better than his predecessor, Sreto Ristic (46). He was a former assistant coach, interim coach and scout d Chemnitz FC He took over the Kickers on January 1, 2021, winning 47 of 69 games, drawing eleven and losing 11 times. That wasn’t successful enough for those in charge.
Alexander Schmidt takes charge of Kickers Offenbach in the regional league
Alexander Schmidt meets Philip Heusener, among others, at Kickers Offenbach
Because although Ristic played long into the 2021/22 season for promotion, in the end with 76 points from 36 games they finished “only” third behind SV 07 Elversberg and SSV Ulm 1846.
Schmidt’s task for the new season is to climb two places. For this purpose, the OFC has to improve the squad even more, because the competition for Ulm, TSV Steinbach Haiger and especially the greatly upgraded FC 08 Homburg does not sleep either.
But Offenbach has long-term commitments such as Dejan Bozic (29), Paul Mild (27, both until June 30, 2023), Rafael Garcia (28) and Philip Hosener (33, both until June 30, 2024).
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The latter had already played under Schmidt at the Dynamo Times, but he was unable to secure a regular spot under him, and this was also one of the reasons why he left the Black and Yellow for the Kickers in January. There the former Austrian striker thrived again with three stalls and five assists in 13 league games.
However, it is not yet clear whether he and the other actors will stay and fit Schmidt’s philosophy. It is only likely that this will become clear in the coming weeks and months, because after the commitment of the new coach, one can assume that the OFC will try to attract some talented players to Offenbach.
After all, they finally want to leave the regional league after ten years (end of the 2022/23) season and join professional football. It’s a complex task because it is about consistency in performance and results over the course of 38 games.
Cover photo: Lutz Hentschel