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Mislintat defends head-coach exit clauses:
"It's legitimate to ask for one in the event of successful collaboration."

By Peter Vice

It seems as if there can be no press rounds with Bundesliga administrators these days without talk of the escalating costs of coaches switching teams. 

Former Borussia Dortmund and FC Arsenal manager Sven Mislintat confirmed that his current coach has one, and defended the idea of exit clauses for trainers in an interview with two local Stuttgart newspapers. 

Pellegrino Matarazzo.
Pellegrino Matarazzo.Photo: Jeollo, Vfb-exklusiv.de, CC BY-SA 3.0

Sitting down with reporters from the Stuttgart Zeitung and Stuttgart Nachrichten, VfB sporting director Sven Mislintat confirmed what German footballing magazine Kicker had reported some months back. Namely, head-coach Pellegrino Matarazzo's contract does contain an exit clause. The 48-year-old did not establish how much money the Swabians would pocket should the American trainer opt to depart, but the amount is thought to be between €2.5 and €4 million. 

"In most coaches' contracts, there severance provisions in the event of failure," Mislintat noted, "That's why I think it's legitimate to ask for an exit clause in the event of a successful collaboration." 

Matarazzo's name has not been traded as a possible candidate for any of the Bundesliga head-coach vacancies. It's not very likely that the New Jersey native will find himself on the short list of any clubs abroad either, unless Stuttgart finish the season sufficiently strong enough to qualify for the Europa League. It is such that Mislintat fully expects the trainer he brought in last December to stay. 

"I'm very, very sure that Rino [Matarazzo] will be with us next season," he emphasized.

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