Bayer 04 Leverkusen reacts to the sporty downturn and fires coach Peter Bosz. Hannes Wolf is his successor. The exemption from Bosz is pure activism, the construction sites are elsewhere. A comment.
Two days after the disastrous appearance in Berlin, Peter Bosz has to take his hat off at Bayer Leverkusen. The top of the club around Rudi Völler is reacting to a sustained sporting downturn, but lapses into pure action.
Until the unfortunate defeat against FC Bayern Munich just before Christmas, Leverkusen was the undefeated team of the hour and leader of the table. And that, although the club had failed to compensate for the departures of the top scorers Kai Havertz and Kevin Volland in the summer. Bosz vehemently demanded several newcomers, but was left hanging.
It was thanks to Bosz that the Werkself played at the top for so long. He shaped young players like Florian Wirtz, Moussa Diaby or Edmond Tapsoba into important pillars.
He managed to free Leon Bailey from his month-long performance slump and successfully integrate Julian Baumgartlinger, who used to be often staid, into the system as a duel and running monster. Bosz, whose teams usually create a spectacle at the front, but act wildly at the back, had even got stability on the defensive.
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This time it is longer and more serious because many top performers are no longer performing, especially captain Charles Aranguiz. And because important players such as Lukas Hradecky or Baumgartlinger have to struggle with long-term injuries.
The easiest option then is to drop the trainer out. With all justified criticism of Bosz’s recently missing B and C plans against deep opponents, the club leadership should perhaps question itself. She played a part in the fact that Bosz occasionally played games with four field players on the bench – and had to get along with only two outside players for weeks.
Not to fire Bosz, to wait for the return of some important players and to put the upcoming summer upheaval (both benders stop among other things) in the hands of the Dutchman would have been consistent. Maybe Bosz could finally have ensured the continuity under the Bayer Cross, which has been desired in the color city since the beginning of the 2000s.
Instead, Hannes Wolf, in collaboration with Bayer veteran Peter Hermann, is to set it up as an interim solution. Whether the team will continue in the event of a positive development is – as of now – unlikely. But no matter who will swing the scepter at Wupper, Dhünn and Rhine in the future, the next phase of inconstancy is coming – and the club management will once again take the easy path without doubting itself.