DFB sports director Andreas Rettig (from left), U17 coach Christian Wück and President Bernd Neuendorf celebrate the U17 world championship title.Image: dpa / Jürgen Kessler
Konstantin Heide, Max Moerstedt and Fayssal Harchaoui were probably not known to most football fans until last week. If at all, absolute lovers of the sport knew these young footballers who sensationally won the first U17 World Cup title for Germany last weekend.
They are now well known in the sports world, were ceremoniously honored by the DFB at the headquarters in Frankfurt and received praise from one or two TV experts. Lothar Matthäus, for example, admired the attitude of the young professionals in his Sky column: “The boys fought, everyone did their job, there was a clear system to be seen.”
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The players themselves provided the fight and the will to win. But not for the tactical setting and the game system. Coach Christian Wück was responsible for this. The 50-year-old has been working for the DFB since 2012 and has repeatedly supported and developed youth groups from U15 to U17. Now also the vintage around Paris Brunner and captain Noah Darvich.
However, it is currently not clear what the future of Wück is. It is clear that his current contract only runs until the end of the month. Then the former Holstein Kiel coach would be free of charge and could sign with any club that made him a lucrative offer.
DFB: Poker for U17 world champion coach Wück has begun
After the final victory, Wück said about his future that it wasn’t up to him, but rather whether the DFB wanted to continue. In the “Kicker Daily” podcast, Joti Chatzialexiou, sporting director at the DFB, announced on Monday that he would definitely want to speak to Wück.
“There was no blank paper on the plane and no quick signature. It’s a two-way street, he has to agree. But he will definitely get an offer.”
But it is precisely with this offer that the DFB is in a quandary. Wück had already mentioned that the young coaches have only received one-year contracts in recent years. According to “Sport Bild”, this was also due to the association’s financially strained situation. Even Sandro Wagner, assistant to national coach Julian Nagelsmann, is affected by this imbalance.
According to the weekly magazine, it is clear within the top management of the association that Wück should be extended. The coach should shape another three-year cycle with the next U15 cohort and successfully develop the young players.
The problem for the DFB: It is unclear whether successful coach Wück would accept a new one-year contract. He could potentially get a longer-term contract with a club, which would give him more planning security. However, if Wück receives a long-term contract, there could be an outcry among the other young coaches.
Around 20 coaches are said to be in the same situation and move from contract to contract every year. If the DFB made an exception for Wück, the other coaches could be dissatisfied. That’s why it will be exciting to see what the German football bosses come up with to keep Wück and at the same time not upset his colleagues.
The atmosphere before the DFB Cup game against VfB Stuttgart on Wednesday (8:45 p.m.) could be significantly better at Borussia Dortmund. From a sporting perspective, the cup is probably the only chance to win a title this season. Although the ticket for the round of 16 in the Champions League has already been secured, things could be tight for BVB in the spring of 2024, especially in the duel with the top European clubs.
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