Sport off for Dirk Schuster
Kaiserslautern surprisingly fires its coach
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Dirk Schuster is no longer FCK coach
Source: dpa/Jörg Halisch
1. FC Kaiserslautern has parted ways with coach Dirk Schuster. The 55-year-old’s undoing was primarily his team’s ongoing downward trend. A successor is apparently already in sight.
The second division team 1. FC Kaiserlauten, which has not won in five games, fired its coach on Thursday. Dirk Schuster took over the position in May 2022 and led the Red Devils into the 2nd Bundesliga shortly afterwards. Like the 55-year-old, his assistant Sascha Franz was also relieved of his duties.
“The FCK is reacting to the current sporting situation in the Palatinate by releasing the coaches. After an unsatisfactory second half of last season in terms of results, the team was able to start a positive series in the first third of the season, but overall the trends show an unsatisfactory development, so those responsible have decided to take this step,” the club announced on Thursday.
Despite the recent negative series, the coaching earthquake in the Palatinate had not become apparent, at least publicly. The hot candidate for the vacant position is Michael Wimmer, who is under contract with Austria Vienna and with whom the FCK is said to have already held discussions, according to information from “Kicker”. He and his team are also moderately successful, they are in eighth place in the Bundesliga, 14 points behind leaders Red Bull Salzburg.
The bottom line is that Schuster’s exit is a pretty big surprise. Under the leadership of the 55-year-old, Kaiserslautern managed to return from the 3rd league in the summer of 2022, in which the team had to eke out an existence for what felt like half an eternity, according to their fans. In 2018, the FCK was relegated from the lower house. With Schuster, that was the impression that Kaiserslautern was able to establish itself in the 2nd league again. But as it is, after a good start to the season, the dry spell followed and during that time some people sometimes quickly lose their nerve. What speaks against Schuster: In the 2023 calendar year, his team only scored an average of 1.09 points in 31 second division games; the defense is too vulnerable. Schuster’s attempts to stabilize her are not successful. According to the “Kicker” report, Schuster and managing director Thomas Hengen have been having differences of opinion internally for weeks.
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