Sports director Baumann in the criticism: Werder Bremen’s unstoppable crash

Sports director Baumann in the criticism
Werder Bremen’s unstoppable crash

First Werder Bremen is relegated from the Bundesliga, then they have to give up numerous top players. But with the proceeds only a few holes in the treasury of the fallen master from the Weser can be filled. The start of the new season is not very promising.

The clock is ticking, mercilessly. But Frank Baumann still has two weeks to spare. However, the Werder Bremen fans no longer have much hope that the sports director will put together a squad by the end of the transfer window that gives hope for a direct return to the Bundesliga. “Baumann out! Baumann out”, the appendix roared at the desolate 1: 4 (0: 3) against SC Paderborn.

First the relegation, then the first round of the DFB Cup, now the bitter league bankruptcy – there is a lot of rumbling on the otherwise tranquil Weser. “The fans should just shout ‘Baumann out’, then I’ll be the scapegoat,” Baumann said afterwards, explaining for the umpteenth time that there was simply no money for really good new players: “I don’t put my personal reputation above my own the economic well-being of the association. “

After the crash in the second division, Werder lost players like Milot Rashica, Josh Sargent, Ludwig Augustinsson, Davie Selke or Theodore Gebre Selassie, the new coach Markus Anfang has not yet received an adequate replacement. And yet: The harmless appearance against Paderborn shook the green-whites. The performance was “beyond good and bad”, said the beginning and predicted a painful season: “It will not be a walk in the park”.

Stars are gone, there is no money for new players

The angry fans found the main culprit in Baumann, the manager will not be replaced – so shortly before the end of the transfer phase. In addition, the clammy club, badly shaken by the Corona crisis with a loss of around 40 million euros recently, simply has no money for new staff. Because according to the prospectus of the bond that has now been placed, the association has to close a liquidity gap by mid-September in accordance with the licensing procedure – otherwise six points will be deducted. “It is not fair if the fans now pick a culprit. All of us, the entire management and the supervisory board, determine the course of the club,” said Marco Bode, still chairman of the supervisory board, to the online portal Deichstube: “That is nothing Frank made it up. “

Werder got four points from the first three games, as did Hamburger SV and Schalke 04. But among the big three in the 2nd division, Bremen Stand now has the worst squad. And basically nothing will change in that in the next two weeks. Although, in addition to Baumann, the trainer is always on the cell phone. “I make phone calls to possible newcomers,” said the 47-year-old after the Paderborn debacle: “It will be very difficult to get the players. You have to be honest.” The clock is ticking, mercilessly.