Felix Magath as a cynic when changing coach at Würzburger Kickers

Felix Magath probably no longer upsets trainers’ leave of absence. The former professional coach of Hamburger SV, 1. FC Nürnberg, VfB Stuttgart, FC Bayern Munich, VfL Wolfsburg, FC Schalke 04, FC Fulham as well as Werder Bremen, Eintracht Frankfurt and Shandong Luneng FC in China often enough of their own Experience body. The former national soccer player was able to take exemptions with the serenity of growing older even with humor.

Now that Magath has not been a “fireman” for emergencies for a long time and no longer works on the sidelines himself, he has to answer the questions that his bosses used to ask after a coach knockout. The 67-year-old has been “Head of Flyeralarm Global Soccer” since the beginning of this year, ie the chief soccer strategist of the main sponsor of the Würzburger Kickers.

And in this role Magath, master coach with VfL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern, has already been forced to act twice this season at the bottom of the second Bundesliga. A coach only managed 3.5 games on average in 2020/21 with the promoted team: first two games with Michael Schiele, then five games with Marco Antwerp. Now Bernhard Trares should ensure success. There have never been two coach changes after seven match days in the single-track second division since 1981. “You have to know: Michael Schiele was here three years earlier. That is extraordinarily long, “said Magath of the” image “and admitted:” The second choice of coach – yes, it went wrong. “

Before Magath parted with Antwerp, he said something that as a functionary in this often irrational business is probably said in public. “Of course,” Magath replied to the “Main-Post” on Friday evening after the fourth defeat in a row in Heidenheim when asked whether Antwerp could continue to work in peace. After the separation, Magath said on Monday, according to “Main-Post”: “He can continue to work in peace – stop somewhere else. I don’t see a problem. ”You can find such a statement entertaining, but you don’t have to. She is undoubtedly cynical.

Magath has already learned something from his 41-day coach’s leave of absence. He now wants to be there more often. He always wanted to avoid observers thinking that he was controlling the training. “Bernhard Trares is not afraid, he wants me to come,” said Magath.

Magath is now sometimes referred to as a coach bouncer. It’s pretty old school, but Konstanz looks different. Things are not going smoothly when it comes to coaches at the second club from the small Flyeralarm football empire. Shortly after the start of the season, Zvonimir Soldo at the Austrian FC Admira Wacker Mödling decided to leave for private reasons, assistant Patrick Helmes took over temporarily. Now Damir Buric is trying his luck at the bottom.

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Würzburger Kickers: Magath comments on the quick separation from Antwerp

Leave of absence after 5 games

The Würzburger Kickers have had their third coach since September. After the commitment of Bernhard Trares and the separation from Marco Antwerp, Felix Magath took a position on the chaotic-looking conditions at the second division club. The 67-year-old also sent a tip to his ex-coach.

What, according to Magath, you first need to know about the Würzburg coaching history: “Michael Schiele was here three years earlier. That is an extraordinarily long time. The second choice of coach – yes, it went in the pants, “said Magath, football boss of the Würzburg sponsor (Flyeralarm) of the” Bild “newspaper. This second coach was Antwerp, who had previously left Eintracht Braunschweig with a lot of attention. About the trainer on leave, Magath said: “If I had lost four times and drawn once, I would have said to my boss: I’d rather go.”

2. Bundesliga: The coaches according to their current term of office

Bernhard Trares (Würzburger Kickers): Since November 9th, 2020

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Robert Klauß (1. FC Nürnberg): Since July 22nd, 2020

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Marco Grote (VfL Osnabrück): Since July 22nd, 2020

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Timo Schultz (FC St. Pauli): Since July 12th, 2020

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Daniel Meyer (Eintracht Braunschweig): Since July 10th, 2020

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Christian Eichner (KSC): Since July 8th, 2020

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Including time as an interim trainer

Daniel Thjoner (HSV): Since 06.07.2020

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Markus Anfang (Darmstadt 98): Since July 1st, 2020

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Uwe Rösler (Fortuna Düsseldorf): Since January 29th, 2020

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Kenan Kocak (Hannover 96): Since November 14, 2019

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Ole Werner (Holstein Kiel): Since October 24, 2019

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Thomas Reis (VfL Bochum): Since September 6th, 2019

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Dirk Schuster (Erzgebirge Aue): Since August 26, 2019

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Mersad Selimbegovic (Jahn Regensburg): Since July 1st, 2019

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Stefan Leitl (Greuther Fürth): Since February 5th, 2019

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Uwe Koschinat (SV Sandhausen): Since October 15, 2018

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Steffen Baumgart (SC Paderborn): Since April 16, 2017

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Frank Schmidt (1. FC Heidenheim): Since September 17, 2007

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In Magath’s opinion, small clubs like Würzburg would have had a particularly difficult time, especially since Würzburg had to “manage” “an unexpected rise”. The Kickers parted from Antwerp on Monday after only 41 days, which Schiele had only replaced at the end of September.

Magath jokes about Würzburg’s search for a coach: “Guardiola called”

For Magath, who himself was a long-time coach in the Bundesliga, it was not an option to put himself back on the bench: “That was and is not an issue. We now have the right one. “

When asked by the newspaper whether he, as a former coach, shouldn’t have a “better hand” when it comes to choosing a coach, Magath reacted ironsically. “When I’m looking for a coach for Bayern Munich, I have slightly different requirements than for the Würzburger Kickers,” said Magath and joked: “I also called Pep Guardiola. He told me that he couldn’t get out of his contract in Manchester (laughs).

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