Bremen – is he old or young, big or small? Does he come from a German or a foreign league? SV Werder Bremen’s search for a coach is extremely exciting. The decision is imminent, as Frank Baumann announced in an interview with the DeichStube. The 45-year-old does not comment on names, but he does allow himself to be looked over his shoulder when looking for a coach.
“To start with something fundamentally about the process of Coach search To say: Since I started working here as managing director in 2016, we have developed a clear profile of what our head coach should be. We have broken that down to the youth sector too, ”explained Frank Baumann. Accordingly, there is a catalog that comprises 35 points. This includes, for example, technical and leadership skills, results orientation or social skills.
Then of course the current situation always plays a role, in which position the club is. Werder Bremen is a relegated traditional club with an insecure team that is to be completely reorganized – without money. Nevertheless, it is still dreaming of a resurgence. A must be on this path Trainer let in too. Nevertheless, there would have been enough interested parties, said Baumann. Werder still has a certain charisma and the reputation of trusting coaches longer than anywhere else.
So Werder Bremen is pulling the circle of candidates closer and closer when looking for a coach
“We have dealt with very, very many names,” reports Frank Baumann and emphasizes: “We always keep an eye on the coaching market and look: Where do players develop well, where is good football played? You hear a lot from colleagues, players and advisors. ”The circle was then drawn closer, there were ten candidates left. “We got references, talked to former players and officials.” Then there were only five or six candidates. To make the picture even more rounded, says Baumann, a sports psychologist was contacted, for example, “who is very well networked in the industry”. A communication expert brought in the media perspective. And using various data, an attempt was made to answer the following questions, among others: “How does it fit Trainer to our game idea? How were the results compared to the financial possibilities? How were the results compared to the performance? “
Baumann and Clemens Fritz, as heads of professional football and scouting, then held so-called initial talks with the favorites. Afterwards a new selection was made and a trio was chosen for a second interview. The entire management took part. “Now the decision-making and implementation process is still missing,” reports Baumann. Then the contracts would have to be fixed and possibly spoken to the trainer’s current employer. “We want to find someone who can bring us back to the top division as quickly as possible. For me, this is the most important person in a club. To a certain extent, we are therefore also prepared to provide a Transfer fee to pay, ”says Baumann.
Frank Baumann: Werder Bremen wants coaches for “our future – and not just for the hoped-for promotion”
Of course, one factor is that of new trainers I have a certain amount of experience, also in the second division. He may also have experienced troubled times in a big club. The development of young players should also be important to him. Of course, it is clear that probably nobody will meet all the criteria. But that’s not what it is about, says Baumann: “We are looking for the right coach for our future – and not just for the hoped-for promotion.” The sports director sees Werder Bremen Still in a good position even after relegation: “We have coaches with us in our process who would prefer a second division with Bremen to a first division engagement in Germany or abroad. That speaks for the club, for continuity and tranquility, but also for the city and the fans. ”Now only one thing is missing: the name of the new coach.
Still traded are Ole Werner (Holstein Kiel), Peter Zeidler (FC St. Gallen) and Stefan Leitl (Greuther Fürth). But also the names Andre Breitenreiter (most recently Hannover 96) and Daniel Thioune (most recently Hamburger SV) haunt the Weserstadion. (knee)