Weinzierl and Hofmann resigned from FC Augsburg: Wild West Days – Sport

On Tuesday, the dust that had been kicking up at FC Augsburg settled at least a little, which was also due to outgoing coach Markus Weinzierl saying goodbye to the squad on Monday after a lactate test without further escalation. His staff and players also entered the summer break, which had already started on Saturday with a team evening to close the season. According to information from SZ, Weinzierl had discussed the reasons for his surprising resignation with general manager Stefan Reuter, whom he had previously publicly accused of putting him off and not communicating with him. Witnesses report a reasonably conducted conversation between Weinzierl and Reuters during the team party. Nothing was known of an argument or even a fist bump.

In recent days, however, it often felt like it was going on at FCA like the Wild West, with smoking guns and brawls in the saloon. What looked like something out of a spaghetti western and sometimes had comedic features for those not involved, caused horror in the club and among the fans. Some players spoke of a “shock” because of the events, which also happened so quickly that it was difficult to follow.

Former and current players keep complaining about management communication

The resignations of chairman Klaus Hofmann on Friday and coach Weinzierl on Saturday were serious allegations in a report by the Newspaper Picture monitoring. He was talking about hacked WhatsApp messages, blackmail and intrigue, through which Hofmann was asked to resign by managing directors Reuter (sport) and Michael Ströll (finance). Hofmann had previously wanted to use Augsburg-born Armin Veh, who was once a player and coach at the club and lives not far from the city, as a management controller. The club denied the information on Monday. Hofmann, head of a fire protection company, spoke in the press release about “my body’s increased stress signals.” That’s why he “cannot reasonably perform a dual function in my company and at FC Augsburg at the same time”. He only resigned from his position at FCA for health reasons. Reuter and Ströll described it in the statement with reference to the newspaper article as “more than worrying when such disinformation spreads”.

At the same time, current and former players constantly complain about the management, mainly because of the lack of communication from their point of view. Reuters acknowledged it was “not an easy situation” for long-serving players Alfred Finnbogason, 33, and Jan Moravek, 32, to have to wait and see if their expiring contracts would be extended. But the players had expressed “absolute understanding” to him. Especially since a new coach must first be found and involved in team issues. On the other hand, it is already clear that 23-year-old midfielder Arne Maier, previously on loan from Hertha BSC, will be signed for a sum of five million euros. On Monday, it was also announced that the longtime captain and record holder and Daniel Baier, who recently worked as a scout for the FCA, would defect to VfL Wolfsburg in the same capacity. Incidentally, the departure of former goalkeeper Alexander Manninger, who was six years late, caused some teasing. What remained was an audience that was at least amazed and asking: what is really going on at FCA?

It can be taken as certain that there were several differences between Hofmann and Reuter

If you listen to the club, the stories are very different, depending on who you talk to. It can be taken for certain that there were several differences between Hofmann and Reuter, which also involved questions of competence and power. At the same time, some stories deviate significantly from the narrative, which held that Reuter was solely responsible for Weinzierl feeling stalled when it came to extending his expiring contract. On the contrary, Hofmann has repeatedly called for the contract talks to be postponed due to the squad’s inconsistency, it is said. Moreover, Weinzierl’s former assistants have reportedly criticized their boss for spontaneously quitting shortly after Hofmann’s resignation, putting their future at the club at risk. If and how things will continue with Weinzierl’s former staff, it is now also the future coach who decides.

They are now looking for that at the FCA. According to information from SZ, a list of possible candidates has been drawn up, which Reuter, Ströll and the head of the licensed players department, Christoph Janker, advise. A decision needs to be made quickly as to which coach to start discussions with. Age is not important for the people of Augsburg, rather that the football coach is suitable for the club and can develop young players. Until now, this was thought to apply to Weinzierl. But then the days of the Wild West intervened.

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