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March madness? The “new” kids are on the block

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Yes, you might have read tons of stuff about the trainer carrousel in the Bundesliga these past few days. But, let’s take a step back and see what the changes the clubs in the league have made will bring us.

One of the most astute questions that is asked by foreign relations experts is: “Why are you doing this, and what will you achieve by doing this?” In my book the board of any football club should ask themselves the same question, before bowing to public outcry and pressure before taking rash actions.

However, in the last few weeks a number of clubs have chosen the most drastic action a club can take, and fired their head coaches. Let’s run down the list, and see if all the sackings that have happened in the last few weeks were the right thing to do. Read the rest of this entry

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Still ill, the story about Louis van Gaal’s problems

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“I decree today that life is simply taking, and not giving”, Morrissey sang in the ‘The Smiths’ classic pop song ‘Still Ill’ in 82. Many Bayern fans, and maybe even Louis van Gaal, may feel the same way after the teams recent performances.

Louis van Gaal and Bayern have a tough 10 matches left to play this season.

Two losses at home are a rare thing for the Bavarians, who in fact haven’t done that since 2001. After the exit in the cup, and the dreadful season so far, Bayern have only the Champions League left. Last year the team unexpectedly reached the final of the competition that pitches Europe’s finest against each other. Reviewing Bayern’s counterparts and their form so far this season, it will take a lot for Bayern to win this competition, and at the moment it seems rather unlikely that it will happen for the reds. Read the rest of this entry

Time honoured tradition

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With Mainz and Hannover at the top of the table, many clubs have stayed behind their expectations. Here is a list over the managers that might have to look for new employment very soon.

Ralf Rangnick decided to take his hat and leave Hoffenheim after the club decided to sell Gustavo.

The coach of the club is the first guy who has got to go when the team isn’t performing. Most people were hit by a shock when the news broke today that Ralf Rangnick would leave Hoffenheim. Rangnick is the fourth coach that has to leave his club in the 10/11 season. Many Bundesliga experts had expected some of the clubs in the league to change their personal, but Rangnick was considered to be save.

Everyday I love you less and less

While the Hoffenheim fans haven’t fallen out of love with Ralf Rangnick, a number of fans are falling out of love with the men who are steering their clubs.

Steven McClaren

The Brit arrived in the Volkswagen city Wolfsburg with the Dutch championship medal in his suitcase. Expectations were high, and the club spent a massive amount of cash to buy players like Diego and Kjær.

Steve McClaren told reporters after the loss against Cottbus that he didn't know if he can keep his job

19 points, 13th in the league and losing the last cup match before the winter break against 2. Bundesliga side Energie Cottbus hasn’t impressed the fans or the executives at Volkswagen. The Brit will likely be fired if things don’t improve at Wolfsburg.

Micheal Frontzeck

10 points, dead last in the league, the Gladbach coach and his side seem to be doomed. Frontzeck has had a patient supporter in sporting director Max Eberl, but the question is: how long will this patience last?

Armin Veh

Being the coach of Hamburg doesn’t come with a lot of job security. Everybody who has followed German football knows that. The HSV has played brilliant football at times, but also been dreadful at times. Being 9th in the table is certainly not good enough for a side that has ambitions to play Champions League football in the future.

Veh has already said that this is his last coaching job in Germany. He might have to pack his coffers very soon.

Frank Schaefer

Cologne have done better after Schaefer replaced Zvonomir Soldo. But, the team is still not living up to the expectations of the population in the cathedral city.

If the new installed combination of sporting director Volker Finke(earlier legendary Freiburg coach) and Schaefer doesn’t work from the get go, Schaefer might be the one who is getting the boot.

Thomas Schaaf

Werder Bremen have never done worse under Thomas Schaaf then in this year’s season. Having had their asses handed to them almost week after week, sacking the coach of the last 11 years has suddenly become an option.

Thomas Schaaf will probably keep his job. The board will probably expect more of the legend next season.

I will find it likely that the board at Bremen will let Schaaf have one bad season, without a title win and a poor position in the league. Schaaf won’t probably get sacked, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he did.

Louis van Gaal

Bayern has had a bad first half of the season by their standards. The only way a coach stays in charge of the southerners is titles. If van Gaal hasn’t won the cup or done well in the Champions League he might have to go after the end of the season. So it is to early to predict what will happen with Dutchman.

Are there any coaches that I forgot to mention? Who should take over for the coaches that I have mentioned in this article? Should I stop listening to the Kaiser Chiefs when I write my blogposts? Feel free to leave a comment below.