Sandro Schwarz, Niko Kovac and Enrico Maassen: Hello, we’re the new ones! – Bundesliga

Two returnees and one newcomer!

Three coaches started their new jobs on Monday.

► Niko Kovac (50) is now in Wolfsburg. After leaving Bayern in November 2019, he spent the last season in Monaco.

► Sandro Schwarz (43) takes over Hertha BSC. Formerly in Mainz, he then worked for Dynamo Moscow for a good year and a half.

► Enrico Maassen (38) is the new man in Augsburg. He has been on the bench at Dortmund II for the past two years.

Hello, we are the three new ones! BILD took a close look at them on their first working day.

Hertha BSC – Schwarz traveled to Berlin especially for Boateng

Whether Bundesliga or 2nd division – Sandro Schwarz would definitely have come to Hertha BSC.

Outfit: Black short-sleeved shirt, dark jeans and black sneakers.

Appearance: unexcited. Black makes a relaxed impression.

Photo: Soeren Stache / dpa

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Black comes to Hertha from Dynamo MoscowPhoto: Soeren Stache / dpa

Most important statements: “I watched the relegation against HSV as a Hertha fan.” The attempt to make himself popular with the fans, with whom there was trouble recently.

And: “I’m a very orderly person.” Very important for the chaos club.

Season goal: After three seasons in the relegation battle, Schwarz should keep the Berliners out of the basement and stabilize them. He also relies on Kevin-Prince Boateng (35). Schwarz even traveled to Berlin for a personal exchange. Result: Boateng extended by one year.

VfL Wolfsburg – Kruse does not get a special role at Kovac

“I’d like to say a warm welcome to everyone, I’m new here.” That’s how Niko Kovac started in Wolfsburg.

Outfit: grey-black polo shirt with Wolfsburg logo, fabric trousers.

Appearance: charming, down-to-earth, humorous, clear in his statements.

Die letzte Trainerstation von Niko Kovac war die AS MonacoPhoto: Swen Pförtner/dpa

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Niko Kovac’s last coaching position was AS MonacoPhoto: Swen Pförtner/dpa

Most important statements: “So from our side, from the club side and also from the coaching side, we want to win titles. If you don’t believe in it and don’t dream of it, you’ll never achieve it.” Clearly: Kovac brings the “mia san mia” feeling from the past in Munich.

Goal for the season: “We want to be back internationally next season,” said the newcomer. No special role for Max Kruse (34). Kovac: “I don’t want to single anyone out. Max is a special, a good player. Just like many others.”

FC Augsburg – Maassen trains Augsburg like BVB II in League 3

Only played in the 5th league himself, so far only coached BVB in the 3rd league – in Augsburg Enrico Maassen (called Enno) has arrived in the Bundesliga.

Outfit: black shirt, dark trousers and black sneakers.

Appearance: confident. Says: “In Dortmund we trained in the 3rd division as in the Bundesliga. Soccer is soccer. I’ll manage quite well.” He describes himself as “very open, positive people, empathetic”.

Enrico Maaßen trainierte in der letzten Saison die 2. Mannschaft von Borussia DortmundPhoto: Matthias Balk/dpa

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Enrico Maassen coached Borussia Dortmund’s second team last seasonPhoto: Matthias Balk/dpa

Most important statements: “We want to create an identity, a game idea. We will be offensive.” Five coaches in the last six years – Maassen wants to bring continuity back to Augsburg and thus establish himself as a Bundesliga coach. And: “I’m satisfied with the squad.” As a newcomer, he makes no demands.

Goal for the season: Do not name Maassen. One thing is clear: Augsburg wants nothing to do with the relegation battle this time.



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