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Kohfeldt's future uncertain as Bremen board convenes to decide coach's fate

By Peter Vice

After the club's seventh straight league defeat, the SV Werder Bremen head-coach Florian Kohfeldt's fate is now in the hands of the club's board. 

True to the principles of Hanseatic league form, the north German club shall talk about it for a time and come to a democratic decision. 

Florian Kohfeldt.
Florian Kohfeldt.

Multiple sources, and the relevant club officials, now confirms that the Bremen supervisory board and managerial team presently engage in intense discussions over the future of current trainer Florian Kohfeldt.


Club sporting director Frank Baumann, as he has many times before over the past two years, threw his full support behind Kohfeldt prior to the club's seventh straight league defeat on Saturday.

"I have no doubt that Florian is the right coach for us," Baumann said on Saturday, "and I am confident that we will stay in the league with this coach and this squad."

On Sunday, however, Baumann responded to reports cropping up on local fan-site "Deichstube" and elsewhere that the club was considering dismissing Kohfeldt after all. The divulged new information on the Sunday interview program "Sky90".

"An open-ended analysis [takes place]", Baumann confirmed, "we'll take a day or two to find out whether Florian is the right man in this situation. It's a extremely important decision to make in the best interests of the club."

According to information relayed on the "Deichstube" website, Baumann still vehemently backs Kohfeldt. Other managers and board members are not. The sporting director himself acknowledged that, with Kohfeldt, "it's not a simple manner of being fond of one another."


No decision about Kohfedlt is expected until Monday evening at the earliest. The "Deichstube" reports that some of the Bremen higher-ups plan to instill club coaching legend Thomas Schaaf, who presently serves as a technical director, as the interim trainer for the final three fixtures and the DFB-Pokal semi-final on Friday.

In typical Hanseatic deliberative fashion, all will have a say in the final decision. Kohfeldt lead the team's Sunday training session and insisted that he "felt the trust of all club representatives."

Should Kohfeldt and Bremen part company, SC Freiburg's Christian Streich will be the only remaining Bundesliga trainer to serve in his position prior to the 2018/19 season.


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