DTSG 1899 Hoffenheim and coach Sebastian Hoeneß will go their separate ways in the future. This was announced by the Bundesliga soccer club on Tuesday. The Kraichgauer reacted to the weak end of the season, in which the team had lost the qualification for the international competition with nine games without a win. It was not initially announced who would succeed Uli Hoeneß’s 40-year-old nephew for the 2022/23 season. Hoeneß had a contract until the summer of 2023.
After Adi Hütter at Borussia Mönchengladbach, Markus Weinzierl at FC Augsburg and Florian Kohfeldt at VfL Wolfsburg, Hoeneß is the fourth Bundesliga head coach to leave after the end of the season. Relegated SpVgg Greuther Fürth also presented Marc Schneider as the successor to Stefan Leitl, who is moving to Hannover 96.
“After an analysis that started before the last matchday, we have to admit that the results and events of the past two months have overshadowed many of the many positive aspects that this season had in store and that meanwhile brought us up to fourth place,” said Sports director Alexander Rosen in the message.
The crisis began in mid-March
Recently, Rosen had demonstratively campaigned for Hoeneß. “Sebastian is a cool, honest guy, not a foam hitter, a strong communicator and an absolute football expert,” Rosen told the “kicker” at the end of April. You work together in a spirit of trust and have common goals. After the defeats against Freiburg (3: 4), Leverkusen (2: 4) and Gladbach (1: 5) that was apparently no longer the case.
Hoeneß looked after the Kraichgau club for two seasons. In his first season, Hoffenheim – shaken by many corona cases and injuries – ended up in eleventh place. This time, given the strong squad, more seemed possible until the big crisis began in mid-March. “It’s inexplicable how we broke in. It wasn’t just a bad spell, it was nine games. That’s too long,” said goalkeeper Oliver Baumann after the last game of the season.
After Gladbach’s 5-1 defeat, Hoeneß spoke of too many injuries and too many goals conceded. He wanted to start with these points in the pre-season, which includes a one-week training camp in Kitzbühel in July. Another head coach will have to do that now.