FC Augsburg pulled the emergency brake in the fight against relegation and dismissed coach Heiko Herrlich. His successor is former FCA coach Markus Weinzierl.
Back to the future: Bundesliga club FC Augsburg wants to build on better times with ex-coach Markus Weinzierl and absolutely avoid the impending relegation. The 46-year-old, who marked the most successful era of the FCA between 2012 and 2016 and even led the club into the European Cup, should turn things around in the last three games of the season. He will sign until 2022 and will succeed Heiko Herrlich (49), whom the FCA dismissed on Monday after the most recent downward trend.
“We are convinced that Markus is absolutely the right coach for the current situation and that he feels extremely keen to work at FC Augsburg again,” said manager Stefan Reuter. In the case of Herrlich, however, the FCA “ultimately lacked the belief that the remaining games in the previous constellation would be successful,” added Reuter.
He is “really happy” about his return, emphasized Weinzierl, who will lead his first training session on Tuesday. He wants to “build on the successful years together and get the FCA back on the road to success”.
Weinzierl had recently worked for Schalke 04 and VfB Stuttgart without luck and had been given leave of absence. Curiously, VfB Weinzierl released on April 20, 2019 after a 6-0 defeat in Augsburg. Since then he has been out of work. Now, of all times, Weinzierl is celebrating his comeback on May 7th in Stuttgart, 1818 days after the last game on the FCA bank.
FCA: Desolate first half against Cologne
The 2: 3 on Friday against 1. FC Köln after a desperate first half was the low point of the latest development. Reuter, President Klaus Hofmann and Managing Director Michael Ströll saw themselves forced to pull the emergency brake after discussions at the weekend.
Herrlich had only taken over the office from Martin Schmidt a year ago and managed to stay up after the forced Corona break. However, the playful development demanded by Reuter did not materialize under Herrlich. With his “toothpaste affair”, when he violated the quarantine measures and missed his debut, the former striker had an unfortunate start in Augsburg.
The FCA, on the other hand, has fond memories of Weinzierl. In the 2013/2014 season, the native of Straubing was voted the best coach by the Association of Contract Footballers, ahead of Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp. With fifth place a year later and his first entry into the Europa League, Weinzierl set himself a monument to the Bavarian Swabians before he left the club for Schalke in 2016.
During the breakup, there were also dissonances with Reuter. But they have long been cleared.