Nuremberg (AP) – Two soccer second division teams separated from their coaches one day after the last matchday. Particularly piquant: In Jens Keller it hit the coach of 1. FC Nürnberg, who is slipping from the Bundesliga into the third division.
The “Club” must assert itself in the relegation relegation on July 7th and 11th against the third in the league table. FC St. Pauli remained saved, but fell short of expectations: The Kiez Club ended its cooperation with coach Jos Luhukay, who had a contract that was valid until June 30, 2021.
Those in charge want to decide who will be his successor during the summer break. It was not surprising that the 57-year-old was not allowed to continue. Luhukay had to answer for the sporting disappointing performance with the 14th place in the table, the Dutchman also caused unrest with tactical and personnel decisions as well as public critical statements.
In Nuremberg, they hope that Keller’s commitment will give them the necessary impetus for the two games to remain in the second division. Michael Wiesinger will then look after the team as head coach and Marek Mintal as his assistant, the club said on Monday. The two are the only sensible solution. “Both know the team, the environment and can get started straight away without getting used to it,” said sports director Robert Palikuca.
Keller joined FCN in November as Damir Canadi’s successor. However, he could not help the traditional club, which even started the season with promotion ambitions, to success. After the Corona break, he won only one of nine games. Nuremberg played 1-1 in Kiel on Sunday – a victory would have saved them. Born in Stuttgart, he won only five wins and eight draws in 21 games, an even worse point average than Canadi.