Miroslav Klose is no longer the coach of SCR Altach. The club and the world champion have agreed to end the collaboration early. Assistant coach Slaven Skeledzic, who came to Altach with Klose in the summer of 2022, will also be released.
After only 24 competitive games, Miroslav Klose’s era as coach of Bundesliga club SCR Altach came to an end on Monday. As the bottom of the table announced, the long-standing German national player and World Cup record scorer would be “released from his duties with immediate effect”.
The point win against Salzburg on Sunday did not seem to convince those responsible in Altach. “In the course of our analysis, we came to the decision that the team needs a new impetus to achieve our goal of staying in the league, to which we subordinate everything else,” said sports director Georg Festetics feast.
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The successor is to be presented this week
In addition to Klose, assistant coach Slaven Skeledzic, who came to Altach with Klose in the summer of 2022, was released. The club would like to present a successor in the course of the week.
After the last round of the basic round and the subsequent division of points on Sunday, the Rheindörfler tackled the relegation battle in the qualifying group with 17 points from the very back. In front of that are Ried, Hartberg (18 each) and the WAC (21) at least in the immediate vicinity.
Commitment caused a stir
Klose’s commitment in June of the previous year had caused a stir. After stints with Bayern Munich’s U17s and as an assistant coach for the Bayern pros, the 44-year-old first worked as a head coach in the men’s division in Ländle. “Right from the start it was exactly this positive feeling that I have to have, that I’m in the right place here,” Klose explained when he took office.
Nine months later, after four wins and 15 defeats in 22 league games, only trace elements are left. The last full success so far dates from October 23, in the last nine games since then you have only got three points.
“Miroslav Klose gave everything from the first to the last day and it was a huge experience to have experienced him as a coach and, above all, as a person in Altach,” says managing director Christoph Längle.