Most Werder fans were expecting consequences at the end of the season. Thomas Eichin had over the last few weeks been pushing for the Green and Whites to hire a new coach ahead of the next season. As it turns out, the board at the club disagrees with the sporting director’s assessment of the situation and in the end they decided to let go of Eichin instead.
Marco Bode, the head of the supervisory board, told the press:
“We are thankful for his work he has done over the last three years. His work has helped to stabilise SV Werder in this difficult phase. However, in our discussion about the sporting future we have seen that there are differences between us and him. Those differences have led to our decision to hand over the sporting responsibilities to somebody else.”
The officials at the club felt that Eichin could have done more in order to support the coach during the most difficult of times during the season, and in the end 6 out of 6 board members came down on the side of keeping Skripnik at the club according to Bild.
The man set to take over after Eichin is former Werder defender and captain Frank Baumann. The 40 year old played 290 matches and scored 15 goals during his ten year spell at Werder between 1999 and 2009, in addition to competing for the German national team on 26 occasions. During Baumann’s active years as a player Werder won the double in 2004 and the DFB Pokal in 2009.
After his career Baumann pursued a path into sports management and he worked as the director for professional football and scouting at Werder up until one year ago. Baumann says that he now is ready to return to the club after his one year break:
“I’m more than happy to take over responsibilities at SV Werder. I’ve spent the last year to gain some distance, to reflect on my work up until this date, to collect ideas and to educate myself even further.”
Eichin is the second person to leave the sporting leadership at the club over the course of this season. At the start of the Rückrunde Rouven Schröder was allowed to leave the club to take over after Christian Heidel at Mainz.
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