BERLIN, (Rahnuma): The job as a football coach might still be among the best-payed but lately seems to turn into a most insecure profession.
After seven coaches in the Bundesliga and 15 coaches in the countries second division, the zweite Bundesliga, have already been fired this season, several German managers complain about the lack of respect.
Andre Breitenreiter (Hannover), Heiko Herrlich (Bayer Leverkusen), Michael Koellner (1. FC Nuremberg), Tayfun Korkut (Stuttgart/followed by Weinzierl), Manuel Baum (FC Augsburg) and Domenico Tedesco lost their jobs this season.
On top, Dieter Hecking (Moenchengladbach), Pal Dardai (Hertha BSC) and Bruno Labbadia (VfL Wolfsburg) are getting the sack by the end of the 2018/2019 season despite valid contracts.
At least nine clubs will start into the 2019/2020 season with a new coach.
“Things are getting worse. We experience an increasing atmosphere of disrespectfulness,” Thomas Doll (Hannover) commented.
Bayern Munich’s coach Niko Kovac, Markus Weinzierl and Labbadia complained about the growing impatience of clubs. “It’s always the coaches having to bear the responsibility for unsatisfying results,” Kovac said. “In case of success, many faces are turning up.”
The pay-tv broadcaster Sky said the average working time of coaches in German football declined from 518 days in 2016 to slightly over 300 days.
14 of the currently employed second division coaches have been in office for less than a year. Last weekend Markus Anfang got the sack by the 1. FC Koln despite his team counting on a five-point lead in the second division with only three rounds of matches to go until the season end.
Coaches are increasingly seen by clubs as fair game said the president of the German coaches association, Bund Deutscher Fubball Lehrer (BDFL), Lutz Hangartner.
Hangartner mentioned various reasons such as a lack of success, clubs in danger to be relegated or them fearing to miss qualification for the international competition such as the Champions League. “Recently we see a new reason turning up as clubs speak about an assumed lack of perspective when it comes to future development,” he added.
Moenchengladbach recently announced to count on Marco Rose, who is regarded to be one of football’s trendsetting coaches.
In Leipzig sports director Ralf Rangnick returned to coaching for only a year to keep the East German’s bench warm for Julian Nagelsmann, who until summer 2019 is engaged by league rival TSG Hoffenheim.
The second division coaches Robin Dutt (VfL Bochum), and Daniel Meyer (Erzgebirge Aue) in a sarcastic statement recommended to cancel the position for coaches entirely.
“Clubs constantly change their coaching staff. That only is a waste of money. Meanwhile, every one among a club’s board feels ready to do the line-up. Coaches? We apparently don’t really need them anymore,” Dutt complained. The former sporting director of the German association added: “Coaching is a development process lasting over two to three years. That is being forgotten these days.”
“It rarely happens that I meet colleagues again after the winter-break,” Meyer stressed.
Golden times for coaches in Germany seem over.
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote in a commentary: Today’s coaches might be paid like top managers in big companies but their working time meanwhile comes near the one of the seasonal asparagus harvesters.