U23 coach Frank Cramer steps in as Die Hoffe’s interim coach. The next Hoffenheim coach is going to be presented during the winter break.
Markus Babbel’s stint in the Kraichgau lasted only nine months. Hoffenheim have lost 14 of their 29 matches under the former Hertha and Stuttgart coach’s leadership. Seven wins and eight draws weren’t enough to keep Babbel in his job. This season in particular has started on a poor note for the 1899’ers. 12 points from 15 games, and a record 36 goals conceded are the worst start to a season in Hoffenheim’s short Bundesliga history. Babbel’s assistent coach Rainer Widmayer has been let go alongside with him.
Sporting director Andreas Müller told the media during today’s press conference that the club had to take this drastic measure in order to assure long-term success:
”It’s important to make a cut. We have to hit the reset button and start from scratch.”
The Hoffenheim board had decided to take this step after a crisis meeting which lasted until late last night. Markus Babbel was informed about the step today at 14oo CET.
Cramer steps in
Cramer arrives directly from the Hoffeheim cosmos, having coached the 1899’ers U23 side this season. U16 coach Julian Nagelsmann is going to serve as Cramer’s assistent for the last two matches of the Hinrunde. Cramer himself wasn’t overjoyed to be called upon:
”I didn’t want to jump into this situation, of course. But, I’ll face this new and difficult challenge full of confidence.”
Four hot candidates
According to both Bild and kicker Hoffenheim have already created a short list of four possible candidates who potentially could take over the team during the winter break. Amongst the candidates are former Kaiserslautern coach Marco Kurz, former Hoffenheim U23 coach and assistant coach at Schalke Markus Gisdol, former Dortmund and Elftal coach Bert van Marwijk and Jogi Löw’s assistent Hansi Flick.
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