Werder Bremen: Continuity as an empty phrase – the reasons for the crash

Werder is once again facing the fall in the second class. A descent would be a catastrophe not only in terms of sport, but also financially. How could it possibly come this far?

“The power of results has become too great,” said Marco Bode in an interview with the on Sunday evening NDR sports club said. Bode remained the final word on a day that meant a turning point for Werder Bremen – a week before the sporting crash could still occur. The resignation of Florian Kohfeldt is more than just a change of coach for Werder, it is the departure from this one very big idea.

Werder is now with a coach whom they fired in Bremen eight years ago. And right on the edge, because on the relegation rank and with the great danger of being passed down one step on the last day of the game. How did it all come to this?

You have to trust yourself first: after Viktor Skripnik and Alexander Nouri, get a third coach from the U23 to entrust the Bundesliga team to him. Without a great reputation, neither as a coach nor as a player. But Florian Kohfeldt seemed the best solution, even if sports director Frank Baumann was already strangely maneuvering and unskillfully sold the decision for the young coach. In terms of content, Baumann seemed to be right on the third attempt.

Kohfeldt kept the promise for one and a half seasons, leading the team and with it the entire club back in the direction of what Werder should stand for: courage, determination, offensive spirit and a portion of cleverness at all levels.

The Werder way into nowhere

In the Bremen tradition there are a number of coaches thrown out in the early years of the Bundesliga, but the eras under Otto Rehhagel and Thomas Schaaf have become entangled. That is the image that Werder still wants to present to the outside world today: the much-cited continuity is paramount.

Rehhagel was bought away at the time, and Schaaf was only released when there was no other way. But even then the decline began, the last Schaaf years were superfluous and hindered the long-needed overhaul of the model.

Kohfeldt is now the last to have to pay for this mistake from ten years ago. Baumann experienced the golden Schaaf era himself as a player and apparently wanted to build something similar together with Kohfeldt. In addition, Werder ran into an unhealthy personality cult, as was the case with Schaaf. In the end there was only “continuity” as an empty phrase, the sporting development has stagnated for two seasons. Werder chased a phantom.

“It’s in our DNA to hold onto a coach whenever possible.” Bode also said that on Sunday evening. This is a worthwhile goal if you are one hundred percent convinced. But that has not been the case in Bremen for a long time. The hope that it would somehow work out again had to grow. In the meantime there was sloppiness and important decisions were delayed. And now the Werder path threatens to lead straight ahead into nowhere: into the second division.

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