Only ten months after being appointed professional coach, novice coach michael wiesinger has resigned from his job at the 1. FC nurnberg off again.
One day after the 0:5 home debacle against hamburger SV, the franconians suspended the hapless 40-year-old, who had not been able to lead his team to a single victory in the fubball bundesliga in eight games so far this season. In a meeting of the board of directors and the supervisory board, the club’s leaders decided on monday evening, after an hour-long debate, against continuing with wiesinger and are now looking for a successor. Who will represent the FCN in the upcoming game at eintracht frankfurt on 19. October is still open.
U 23 coach roger prinzen in charge of the first division team until further notice. "After the clear 0:5 defeat against hsv and a factual review of the season so far, we came to the joint decision in intensive talks that we had to take this step," commented sporting director martin bader. The FCN boss said that he had been "forced" to take this decision. "Unfortunately, the last few games have shown that there is no continuous trend in the team’s performance."Besides wiesinger, his assistant armin reutershahn must also go.
It was the third coach separation in the bundesliga this season – and that already after the eighth matchday. Before that, bruno labbadia was given leave of absence in stuttgart and thorsten fink in hamburg. The collective frustration of sunday against HSV, who were coached for the second time by bert van marwijk, had already cost trainer-emporkommling wiesinger the ruckendeckung of the otherwise after auben always loyal bader.
"These are deep wounds. We will always find solutions, and this time we will find a solution," said a visibly shocked bader after the biggest home defeat since october 1998 (1:5 against 1860 munich). In principle, it is always his job to strengthen the back of an executive employee, explained bader. But after such a debacle he would not and could not do that.
It was only around ten months ago that bader promoted wiesinger from amateur to professional coach following the lightning departure of dieter hecking to wolfsburg. In the spring, the negotiations about a contract extension were already going smoothly – also because it was said that bader was not necessarily aiming for a longer engagement with coach-nobody wiesinger. But since the former bayern professional was also able to point to many sporting successes in the past season, the cooperation has continued – at least until now.
But sunday’s dismantling turned the mood against wiesinger – not only on the boards, but also among the spectators. After the 0:3 midway through the second half, the first shouts of "wiesinger out" could already be heard from the stands; after the 0:5, a large part of the spectators left the stadium early. Wiesinger had to take the blame from the fans for what his professionals had previously screwed up on the pitch. "A catastrophe. We did everything wrong that you can do wrong in the bundesliga. That was inexplicable and inconceivable", described defender per nilsson.
The swedish player was one of the few to answer journalists’ questions at all. Capitan raphael schafer, otherwise a habitually critical regular in the mixed zone, trudged past with a depressed expression, shaking his head. Josip drmic, who formed a completely ineffective one-two punch with tomas pekhart in the changed system, advised a ruthless analysis: "now at the end you have to ask many questions: why, why, why?"The swiss said, adding helplessly: "we don’t know ourselves."
That wiesinger had to worry about his job, he was also immediately aware of it himself. "A 5-0 loss like that is brutal, you have few arguments as a coach," he said. The fierce fan reactions "get to you. But it’s my job to endure it," he said on sunday. Wiesinger used to be a professional in nurnberg, since 2011 he has been part of the franken coaching team. "I live the club," he claimed of himself, "i do the things i can influence". But now he no longer has any chance of exerting influence.