ONEas the matches ended at nine Bundesliga stadiums on Saturday, Lutz Hangartner took a short break. The chairman of the Association of German Football Instructors (BDFL) thought – also of VfB Stuttgart, who had secured relegation in overtime. Hangartner was pleased with Pellegrino Matarazzo, the VfB coach who the Swabians had held on to for the past few weeks despite the precarious situation in the relegation battle. “Your conviction and belief that Materazzo is the right coach for VfB has paid off. I think that is good,” Hangartner said the day after the final of a season in which there were five early dismissals from the coach.
In Wolfsburg, Bielefeld, Leipzig and at Hertha BSC, where first Tayfun Korkut followed Pal Dardai and then Felix Magath to Korkut, the coaches had lost their jobs. However, there was no coach quake, as was the case at the end of the previous season: The first six clubs on the final table swapped their coaches and two other clubs. It was the first in the history of the Bundesliga. Now something similar is threatening again.
The coach follows the club leader
At the end of the 59th season, the coaches again dominated the headlines. Two, to be exact – two who announced via television that this was their last match as head coach of the club. Markus Weinzierl in Augsburg and Adi Hütter in Mönchengladbach did that.
While Hütter, for whom Borussia is said to have paid a transfer fee of 7.5 million in 2021 to tear him away from Eintracht Frankfurt and equip him with a three-year contract, said on Sky that the decision to go apart “after many intensive minutes and discussions ”were taken in harmony, surprised the end of Weinzierl.
The 47-year-old, who was hired as head coach of the FCA 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 work as their coach . He then went to the interview on Sky and single-handedly announced his retirement. ‘I would actually stay here longer. For me, it is the right decision not to have more conversations, “said Weinzierl – and thus revealed a broken relationship with sports director Stefan Reuter. He had not consecrated in advance. “No, but he will notice now,” Weinzierl said when asked the relevant question.
His contract runs until the end of June and there has been no extension until recently. There should be talks with Reuter next week. It was a “clear sign” if no talks about the future had taken place before the last day of the match, Weinzierl said. “Many reasons” would ultimately have been crucial to saying goodbye. In Augsburg it was the second departure within 24 hours. President Klaus Hofmann announced his resignation on Friday after eight years. Health reasons are said to have been the deciding factor.
Speculation about Hoeneß and Kohfeldt
As for Weinzierl, it is very possible that he wanted to have the authority to interpret and prevent those responsible. For lately, there has been speculation about possible Weinzierl successors. “Sport Bild” had reported that Enrico Maassen, coach of Borussia Dortmund II, should be one of the candidates.
The debate over Adi Hütter’s successor is also under way in Mönchengladbach. Even before Borussia’s last match against Hoffenheim (5-1), there was speculation that Hütter would finish prematurely. Lucien Favre, who coached 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, on the other hand, 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 matches, but with Fredi Bobic, a good Hütter acquaintance controls the luck as sports director. Bobic brought Hütter from Austria to the Bundesliga in Frankfurt in 2018 and worked with him there for three years.
There is movement in the industry. Promoted Schalke 04 is still looking for a coach. According to “BamS”, there could also be a new head coach in 1899 Hoffenheim, where Sebastian Hoeneß and his team, who recently had many mistakes to complain about, first participated in the Champions, then in Europe and finally in the Conference from kl. March League had lost.
Schmadtke justifies Kohfeldt’s separation
And there is also a change of coach at VfL Wolfsburg, where Florian Kohfeldt in the autumn of 2021 inherited Mark van Bommel, who had been committed the summer before. After the weak season, the club announced the separation on Sunday.
“We continued and intensified the analysis of the season on Saturday night and Sunday morning, and finally we had to ask ourselves how resilient the further cooperation would be,” said manager Jörg Schmadtke: “We came to the conclusion that we would stay “In a difficult situation at the beginning, which would put too much strain on the team, the coach and the club. Therefore, in trusting and honest discussions, we mutually agreed to end the collaboration.”