Coach Frank Kramer is apparently no longer coach of Arminia Bielefeld. Marco Kostmann and Michael Henke as the new assistant coach should keep East Westphalia in the league.
Arminia Bielefeld surprisingly exchanges the coach in the relegation battle of the Bundesliga. Frank Kramer, who kept Ostwestfalen in the German upper house last season, was fired on Wednesday, according to Neue Westfälische.
For the 49-year-old, goalkeeping coach Marco Kostmann is said to be on the bench from the away game at 1. FC Köln on Saturday (3:30 p.m. / Sky). He is supported by Michael Henke as the new assistant coach. Ottmar Hitzfeld’s former assistant at Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund had last worked at FC Ingolstadt.
The club initially did not want to confirm the NW report when asked by SID. “If there is something to announce, we will do it today,” said a club spokesman on Wednesday morning.
The Arminia is four games before the end of the season on the penultimate place in the table. The relegation place is two, the saving bank is three points away. The sporting trend has recently been pointing downwards: the traditional club has not won for seven games, only in the 1-1 draw against VfB Stuttgart at the beginning of April did Bielefeld score a goal.rz 2
Kramer did not take over until March 2021
Kramer was only brought to Bielefeld in March 2021 for the dismissed promotion coach Uwe Neuhaus in order to prevent relegation in the first season after the Bundesliga return. This succeeded – even without the detour of relegation.
However, those in charge around sports director Samir Arabi no longer trust the former DFB junior coach to establish himself in the Bundesliga in the long term given the precarious sporting situation. In 13 months as Arminia coach, Kramer only won ten games (in 44 competitive games).
The time of the separation still comes as a surprise, as Kramer is said not to have reached parts of the team. In addition to the young specialist, assistant Ilya Gruyev will also have to go.
The Arminia are particularly concerned about the personnel departures. So it is already clear or is becoming apparent that top performers such as Patrick Wimmer (VfL Wolfsburg), Fabian Klos or goalkeeper Stefan Ortega Moreno (both open) will leave the club at the end of the season. In addition, the offensive is much too harmless: Even bottom Greuther Fürth (24 goals) scored one goal more than Bielefeld (23).