VfL Wolfsburg has parted ways with coach Florian Kohfeldt. The Lower Saxony announced this on Sunday.
The decision was made after a meeting between Kohfeldt, managing director Jörg Schmadtke and sports director Marcel Schäfer the day after the end of the season. The 2: 2 against champions Bayern Munich could not change the club officials.
“We continued and intensified the analysis of the season on Saturday evening and Sunday morning and in the end we had to ask ourselves how resilient further cooperation would be. We came to the realization that we would be under pressure from the start if which would mean too great a burden for the team, coach and club. Therefore, in trusting and honest discussions, we jointly agreed to end the cooperation, “explained Schmadtke in a statement.
The managing director continued: “We regret this development and would like to thank Florian Kohfeldt for helping us in a difficult situation and taking the right measures to ensure relegation. We wish him all the best and are convinced that he will do his best away as a coach.”
Kohfeldt (39) only took over the coaching position in Wolfsburg in October 2021 from the hapless Dutchman Mark van Bommel and signed a contract with the wolves until the summer of 2023. At the time, VfL was ninth in the league and was playing in the group stage of the Champions League.
VfL Wolfsburg: Kohfeldt happy to “leave the team in a stable condition”
Kohfeldt is quoted as saying on the club’s website: “I took over the team in a complex and difficult phase with the task of stabilizing it. We had to deal with many imponderables, especially in the second half of the season, which made this task extremely difficult “Nevertheless, together we managed to reach safety three games before the end of the season and initiate a development. I’m happy to leave the team in a stable condition and I wish the players and the entire club all the best and every success, the to go further up the path we have taken.”
On Saturday, Wolfsburg ended the season in twelfth place. The ambitious factory club was the last to leave the group stage of the premier class before Christmas and thus also missed the minimum goal of the Europa League.
Schmadtke and Schäfer had recently repeatedly spoken of wanting to start the new season with Kohfeldt. The former Bremen resident Kohfeldt, who had spoken about the season planning after the game on Saturday against FC Bayern, canceled two interview appointments that had been planned for a long time “allegedly due to illness” on Sunday, according to the Bild newspaper.