FC Augsburg drew the line and removed Coach Manuel Tree with immediate effect from his office. The club announced this on Tuesday.
In addition to the tree, coaches Jens Lehmann and Technical Director Stephan Schwarz had to clear their chairs.
“We have done everything in recent weeks and months to overcome our difficult situation together. After the 0:4 against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and the extremely fluctuating performances before, however, we have lacked the conviction that we will achieve this in the long term in the previous constellation. That is why we have decided to make a clear cut at this point in time, in order to set the course for a sports successful season race and the future of the FCA,”commented Stefan Reuter, Managing Director Sport this decision.
The \35; FCA has released Chief Trainer Manuel \35; Baum, Co-Trainer Jens \350;Lehmann and Technical Director Stephan \35;Schwarz. From now on, Martin Schmidt will take over the duties of the head trainer. 101451; All information: http://t.co/dz1Xm50VB pics.twitter.com/Xalg2whWoa
— FC Augsburg (@FCAugsburg) 9. April 2019
The next step is Martin Schmidt. The 51-year-old was already in the Bundesliga at 1st. FSV Mainz and VfL Wolfsburg on the side line. The Swiss receives a contract by the end of June 2021 and will lead the first training unit on Wednesday.
Schmidt brings Stefan Sartori as co-trainer, with whom he had recently worked in Wolfsburg. As club president Klaus Hofmann also announced on Tuesday, Stefan Reuter, Managing Director of Sport at FC Augsburg, has extended the current contract to 2020.
In the table, the FCA currently ranks only four meters ahead of the launch site. Last time it put three defeats in a series.
Negative development at the FC Augsburg indicates
Since the beginning of the year it had been brewing heavily among the Augsburg people. At the end of January, defender Martin Hinteregger, who had now moved to Frankfurt, had publicly exposed his former coach tree. Developments have been going downhill for a year now, the Austrian complained, and to the question whether tree still reaches the team, he replied: “I can’t say anything positive about him, and I will not say anything negative.”Shortly thereafter Hinteregger was lent to the Unitracht.
Last Sunday the story almost repeated itself. Jeffrey Gouweleeuw, a colleague of Hinteregger in the Augsburg Interior Defense, found clear words after the debacle against Hoffenheim until the end of January.” We had no idea what we were doing from the beginning,”said the Dutchman,”I never had the feeling in the square that we could achieve anything. We had no common idea.”
Tree subsequently admitted that his plan had not been opened and he had to change the game several times. Gouweleeuw added: “If we have to change three times in the first half, this shows that something is not working. Every time we changed, it wasn’t better. We had no solutions.”