Relegation candidate Werder Bremen parted ways with coach Florian Kohfeldt in the end of the season as a result of their 2-0 defeat against FC Augsburg on Saturday. The club announced on Sunday. Werder (31 points) only got one point from the last nine games under Kohfeldt and slipped to the relegation place on Saturday.
In the last game against Borussia Mönchengladbach and in possible relegation games, long-time coach Thomas Schaaf is supposed to save the Hanseatic League from relegation for the second time since 1980.
The 60-year-old, who has trained Werder for 14 years and won the double with the green-whites in 2004, is supposed to travel to the quarantine training camp in Barsinghausen on Sunday and look after the team in the final phase of the season.
“It’s a huge challenge, of course, but we still have all the options to stay in the league. We have little time, but we will do everything we can to start the game with passion, confidence and belief in our own strength and to be successful in the end, “said Schaaf.
Kohfeldt had already stood before the end in the past few weeks, but always received new probation opportunities. On Saturday he had gambled them all away.
Werder Bremen are threatened with relegation: “Kohfeldt is an excellent coach”
“We are still convinced that Florian Kohfeldt is an excellent coach, but we agreed to make another change now in order to still achieve relegation.”
After the 2-0 defeat in Augsburg, Werder is facing the second Bundesliga relegation in club history. Only one point separates Bremen from 1. FC Köln and the direct relegation zone.
Sports director Frank Baumann, who had recently backed Kohfeldt again and again, avoided a clear commitment to his coach on Saturday evening in the current ZDF sports studio, at the latest by then an expulsion on Sunday was likely.
“We experienced a brutally big disappointment, so I don’t want to make any clear statements. I want to coordinate with my colleagues and the supervisory board. We have to see that we have missed a great opportunity,” said Baumann.
Kohfeldt was active as a goalkeeper in Werder Bremen’s third team before embarking on a coaching career at SVW. Since 2009 he went through all youth teams before he took over the reserve team in 2016 and coached the professionals a year later after Alexander Nouri’s dismissal. Since 2017 he has played 142 competitive games as a Werder coach (1.34 points per game).