When the 96’ers hired the former Werder and Eintracht coach the club was looking to turn their dire situation around with a “shot of idealism and conviction”. 11 matches in to his tenure Schaaf can look back on a disastrous time in Lower Saxony. 10 losses and only 1 win makes his stay at the club the least successful the 54-year-old has had in his very productive career.
Sporting director Martin Bader told the club’s website that it wasn’t an easy decision to let Schaaf go:
“Thomas was meticulous and goal oriented in his work. He and his coaching staff have tried everything to get positive results, but they weren’t able to pull that off.”
According Bader are now looking to end the season on a positive note:
“After 10 losses in 11 games we have decided that we don’t want to end the season in this fashion and we are trying to set new impulses by changing coaches.”
However, the club doesn’t think that the change is going to prevent them from falling down into the second division. “It’s only a mathematical possible at this stage”, Bader goes on saying. Hannover are currently 10 points behind the relegation play off spot with 6 matches to go.
Fresh blood – Enter Daniel Stendel
The club has already found a new man to take charge of the club. A former player who has been working with the club’s Under 19s of late is going to be put in charge of the team for the rest of the season. Over the last few weeks Stendel and his team have made headlines, as Hannover’s U19 have reached the DFB Pokal final.
During his playing time Stendel used to be a hard working player, who maybe wasn’t most commonly known for his silky smooth touch of the ball. Nevertheless Stendel managed to get 12 goals in 96 Bundesliga matches for the Reds and 31 goals in his 95 Bundesliga 2 matches for the club.
Schaaf himself said that he’d refuse to join the club in the second tier, as he thought a new coach with a fresh pair of eyes would be an advantage for the team should they get relegated. Now it seems that Stendel is been given the chance to audition for the job in the Bundesliga 2.