It had been rumoured for a long time, but now it has been confirmed: Hannover 96 and sporting director Dirk Dufner are going their separate ways. The former Freiburg sporting director told Hannover 96’s website:
“I regard this assignment as finished, as all important transfer decisions have been made and the squad for the next season is completed.”
After last season Hannover 96 president Martin Kind had avoided to give Dufner the dreaded vote of confidence and it was a surprise to many that the club decided to keep the sporting director around even after the season had finished.
Today Kind confirmed that the clubs had been in talks with Dufner about his future at the club, prompting Dufner to ask for an early release. Kind told the Hannover based paper HAZ today:
“One has to respect his decision. We are thankful for the collaboration with Herr Dufner.”
Dufner succeeded Jörg Schmadtke at Hannover, who also left the club after asking Martin Kind to dissolve his contract. According to Bild Kind was considering to extend Dufner’s contract, but now he has to look for another sporting director.