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Kohfeldt expects to remain in charge next year: "We've got something planned for next season."

By Peter Vice

While VfL Bochum celebrated their hold of top flight German football with T-Shirts and visits to the fan-block over at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday, VfL Wolfsburg settled for a sigh of collective relief over at Stuttgart's Mercedes Benz Arena. 

From Champions' League qualification to the relegation race, it's been a bitterly disappointing season for Germany's green company team. 

Head-coach Florian Kohfeldt, who's tenure at the club hasn't exactly been a sparkling success, said that he remained convinced that he'd hold onto his job entering next season.  

Florian Kohfeldt.
Florian Kohfeldt.

In stark contrast to the jubilation over at Signal Iduna, Saturday was a day of exasperated relief for those associated with the VfL Wolfsburg. A late equalizer from opponents VfB Stuttgart ensured that even the preservation of the class didn't come with much fanfare.


"I'm glad we got our act together in time," midfielder Maximilian Arnold told the Sky mics afterwards, "There's a load off our shoulders."

Big changes are coming for Germany's green company team this summer. Defensive stalwart John Anthony Brooks--who scored the VfL's lone goal in Saturday's draw--will be departing on an expiring contract. Offers will be made for a whole host of players (Xaver Schlager, Ridle Baku, Kevin Mbabu, Maxence Lacroix, and Jerome Roussillon) either entering the last year of their deals or serving as hot transfer-bait commodities.

Decisions will have to be made about a significant number of players (Josip Brekalo, Omar Marmoush, Marin Pongracic, and Elvis Rexhbecaj) returning from loan. Place will have to be found for new additions such as Jakub Kaminski and Patrick Wimmer.

Above all, a gaffer with a keen eye shall be needed to find a way of sorting out the problems associated with this talent-laden squad; a massive underachiever after two big 2021/22 transfer windows.

Current trainer Florian Kohfeldt has hardly done a stellar job with the current crew. With eight wins, 14 losses, and four draws since taking over for Mark van Bommel in November, the former SV Werder Bremen head-coach has done to keep the club up, but not much more.


Himself entering his final six months as the club's managing director, boss Jörg Schmadtke might himself wish to consider a course correction. The summer could constitute the perfect opportunity to find a new leader for a roster collectively worth nearly €500 million.

Speaking to reporters after Saturday's result, Schmadtke reiterated that Kohfeldt remained his man for the next season.

The 39-year-old trainer was also asked about his future.

"We are pushing ahead with the planning together," Kohfeldt noted, "We'll enter the new season in this set up. That's my feeling and I'm also convinced of that. We've got something planned for next season."


Stuttgart
(3-4-3)
1F. Müller
5K. Mavropanos
2W. Anton
37H. Ito
11E. Thommy ↪57
3W. Endo (C)
16A. Karazor ↪84
24B. Sosa
18T. de Melo Tomás
9S. Kalajdzic
17O. Marmoush ↪57
Bench
33F. Bredlow
50A. Tibidi
43L. Bazzoli
7T. Coulibaly
8E. Millot ↩84
20P. Förster ↩57
22C. Führich ↩57
23O. Mangala
30R. Massimo
Wolfsburg
(4-3-3)
1K. Casteels (C)
20R. Baku
4M. Lacroix
25J. Brooks
15J. Roussillon ↪80
24X. Schlager
27M. Arnold
31Y. Gerhardt ↪72
23J. Wind
10L. Nmecha ↪73
9M. Kruse ↪90
Bench
12P. Pervan
17M. Philipp ↩90
21B. Bialek
28D. Lukebakio
5M. van de Ven ↩80
19K. Mbabu
8A. Vranckx ↩72
11R. Steffen
22F. Nmecha ↩73

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