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Unthinkable Covid-19 drama around German last season relegated SV Werder Bremen

Unthinkable Covid-19 drama around German last season relegated SV Werder Bremen

Just hours before the long awaited clash against FC Schalke 04, SV Werder Bremen head coach Markus Anfang and assistant coach Florian Junge stepped down from their posts at the club with immediate effect on this Saturday morning. The club’s website says that the reason for the decision is the public prosecutors’ investigations into the two coaches and the ensuing unrest surrounding the club.


“Because of the extreme stress caused to the club, the team, my family and myself, I have decided to immediately step down from my role as head coach of Werder Bremen. I requested that the club management dissolve my contract, a request they have granted. I wish Werder all the success in the world both for today’s game against Schalke and for the future,” explained Markus Anfang.


These statements make it quite improbable that the accusations of the regional German Health Service against coach Markus Anfang to have faked his Covid-19 vaccination certificate were wrong. What a drama for Werder Bremen. After they fired coach Florian Kohfeld during the last, last phase of the past Bundesliga league this could not stop the free-fall down to 2nd Bundesliga. Then a longish process started to find the best coach for this delicate job to turn things round in Bremen and prepare the team for unknown terrain in the lower league and work on restructuring the team with the reduced annual budget that should still be strong to have option to reach promotion back to the 1st Bundesliga.


Well, in the end Werder Bremen paid a high compensation to new competitor SV Darmstadt 98 who released their old coach Markus Anfang – and Markus Anfang (Anfang means “start” in German) started his task of building a new team in Bremen in order to get back to the top flight league within the next years.


The Board of Werder Bremen has now once again to find a solution for the position of the head coach and the team around him. Not the best moment in the middle of the league.


Source: FAISPORTS, SV Werder Bremen

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