The search for SV Werder Bremen's next head-coach continues to be led by sporting director Frank Baumann. The former Werder captain received more explicit verbal backing from the higher-ups in the club today.
As pertains to the search for the trainer himself, Alexander Zorniger has apparently told the Hanseaten "no". Two more names popped up today in separate sources.
The shortlist for Werder Bremen's first 2. Bundesliga gaffer in over forty years got smaller before it got larger. The initial two names reported are both most likely out of the running. Former Leipzig, Stuttgart, and Brøndby IF trainer Alexander Zorniger is understood to have declined the club's overtures. Holstein Kiel head-coach Ole Werner may himself be headed to the Bundesliga.
On Thursday, Turkish news agency DHA reported that current Altinordu FK trainer Hüseyin Eroğlu may potentially be a candidate. The name may not be familiar to many as Eroglu's playing and coaching career took place in the lower Turkish divisions. The 48-year-old is actually a local native of the Delmenhorst area around Bremen and may be brought it as a nod to the area.
Meanwhile, Germany's Sport Bild reports that Peter Ziedler, a one-time co-coach any TSG Hoffenheim, is being considered. The 58-year-old is currently coaching St. Gallen in Switzerland and has extensive experience in the Austrian Bundesliga as well as the Alpo Super League.
The club's main fan site ("Deichstube") has been able to solicit some quotes from the Bremen top brass over the intervening few days. Chairmen Marcus Bode and sporting CEO Klaus Filbry reiterated their existing support for Baumann when speaking to the site.
"I know that many simply see Frank as a scapegoat," Filbry said, "but he did build a second-league clause into the players' contracts that includes a 40 to 60 percent reduction in salary."
That revelation would appear to suggest that the Hanseaten will retain some higher-caliber players for their upcoming campaign in the second division. Filbry did stress that the club would need to raise some revenue by selling off players.
The highly intriguing situation involving Milot Rashica, who might be sold for nearly half of what was once offered, is sure to be one of the stories of the summer.