Even though Werder Bremen have done well so far this season on the pitch, the off pitch action is nothing short of the drama worthy of a poorly written soap opera.
Werder have never been the drama queens of the Bundesliga. Other teams like Bayern Munich, FC Köln and Hamburger SV have been as unpredictable as Kim Kardashian’s marital status, but never the green and whites. However, Werder Bremen suddenly discovered that they can live it up like those kids on the Jersey Shore this season, and the German press have been having a field day on several occasions.
After Werder’s poor showing against Borussia Mönchengladbach, Claudio Pizarro enhanced the drama by telling the reporters in Bremen that he was injured and could be out for the rest of the Hinrunde (first half of the season), all the while Thomas Schaaf told reporters that there was still a chance the Peruvian could make it to the next fixture against Stuttgart. The next day both men contradicted themselves again publicly.
Where it all started
The spat around Claudio Pizarro’s injury hasn’t been the first episode of ”The bold and the green and whites”, far from it. Klaus Allofs and manager Willy Lemke publicly argued about the club’s transfer policy in the summer. The board had given a Allofs very little money for new signings, and most of that money had already been spent on the signing of Mehmet Ekici.
Allofs had already lined up Sokratis and Aleksandar Ignjovski, agreed upon the conditions of their contracts, but the transfers weren’t going ahead. Ignjovski had to wait several weeks after he had passed the medical test before he actually got to put on the green and white jersey. Allofs and Lemke managed to resolve their Paris and Nicole moment behind closed doors, and everything was dandy once again after Per Mertesacker had been sold to Arsenal for the staggering amount of around 10 million Euros. Most importantly, Allofs got his way even before Mertesacker left the club and was allowed to sign both players.
Nevertheless, the trust between Lemke and Allofs took a serious beating because of what happened in the summer. Not an ideal situation, considering that both Aloffs’s and Schaaf’s contract are running out at the end of the season. Up to this point it has been unthinkable to see Werder without Schaaf and Allofs’s running the show from the sideline.
The icy relationship between Allofs and the Werder board has slowly thawed, and Allofs has been negotiating a new deal for him. Long time coach Thomas Schaaf has made it clear that the only way to get him to stay at the Weser is if Allofs’s contract is extended. The first deal that was offered to Allofs was a performance based contract, which according to kicker enraged the 54-year-old. The former striker was insulted by the offer, because he thought that his work at the club wasn’t valued according to several German media outlets.
Klaus Fischer’s role
Every soap seems to have a Mexican with a handle bar mustache, and Werder have Klaus Fischer. If you’re unfamiliar with the typical soap opera structure, you might not know that the said character often creates unnecessary conflicts, and gets between the two parties. Klaus Fischer did just that when he talked to Sky after the match between Werder and Stuttgart. The newly re-elected president of the club told the TV channel:
”I am optimistic that we’ll soon can announce that an agreement has been reached.”
This quote didn’t sit well according to an article in the online edition of kicker. Allofs told the football publication:
”I don’t know if he is that close to the process. I’m the acting party in this scenario.”
According to kicker’s informations Allofs and the board were very close to reaching an agreement last Friday, however Fischer’s slip of the tongue could have set back that process again. A future at the Weser without Klaus Allofs and Thomas Schaaf might not be as unthinkable as we were led to believe in the past.
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