News – Magath and Wolfsburg part ways

Four losses in a row and the loss of trust from the players meant that enough was enough. Assistant coach Bernd Hollerbach and condition coach Werner Leuthard are also leaving the club according to kicker.

Felix Magath offered himself to step down from his post as coach and manager at the club according to German football magazine kicker. Magath confidants Hollerbach and Leuthard wished to dissolve their contracts at the club, whilst goalkeeping coach Andries Hilfiker and assistant Andres Jonker are staying in Wolfsburg’s coaching team. The chairman of Wolfsburg’s board, Fransico Garcia-Sanz, told the club’s homepage:

We want to sincerely thank Felix Magath for the work he has done. He has shown a lot of committment during both of his periods at the club, and accomplished big things for the club, the city of Wolfsburg and the entire region during his tenure. We are now focusing on the upcoming games, and it is our goal to get back to a mid-table position as quickly as possible.

Wolfsburg’s players had met without their coach on Tuesday, and came to the conclusion that they would like to continue the Bundesliga season without Felix Magath.

Heavily criticized

Felix Magath had in recent weeks been criticized for his training methods, and caused somewhat of a stir when he decided to ration his players water supply during a training session. Bayern’s president Uli Hoeness even suggested that Wolfsburg’s players were playing against Felix Magath.

Last weekend’s performance at home against SC Freiburg ended with the fans showing their dissatisfaction, some of them even demanding that Magath should be relieved of his duties at the club.

Lorenz-Günther Köstner takes over

The Wolves are going to be coached by second team coach Lorenz Günther Köstner for the time being. Köstner was informed at 12:35 CET today after he had finished a visit to the sauna. This is second time that the 60-year-old steps into the role of a makeshift solution at the club.

The first time around he led the team between January of 2010 until June 2010. Wolfsburg won 8 of their 15 matches under the former SpVgg Unterhaching coach back then(in addition to 2 draws and 5 losses). Köstner’s first task is to lead the team in the relegation scramble against Fortuna Düsseldorf on Saturday.

Magath gets in touch with his fans

Felix Magath hasn’t given interview so far, but told his Facebook followers:

Hallo Facebook friends and fans, I’ll stay in touch with you. There are enough exciting subjects to get into, and life and football are certainly going to provide them. Look after yourselves and have a nice time.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 32-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.

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