Just ahead of the 3rd German division (3.Liga) run-in, the officials at FC Bayern have made an important staffing decision. Danny Schwarz (45) and Martín Demichelis (40) will jointly take over the coaching duties of Bayern’s reserve team after yesterday’s Matchday 30, succeeding Holger Seitz. From that point, the 46-year-old will focus his efforts entirely on his position as sporting director at the FCB Campus.
“After Sebastian Hoeneß left the club at short notice last summer for Hoffenheim, Holger Seitz agreed to take over the position as reserve team coach on an interim basis until we found a suitable successor. So Holger has had an intensive dual role at the campus so far this season. We recently reached an agreement with Danny Schwarz and Martín Demichelis that the two of them would jointly succeed Holger from the 2021/22 season. We’re now bringing this decision forward in the interest of everyone involved,” said board member for sport Hasan Salihamidžić.
From the U-19s and U-17s to the reserves
This move is also made possible by the increasingly likely discontinuation of the domestic youth season, which means that Schwarz/Demichelis are already available for their new task. This season, Demichelis has coached the U-19s and Schwarz the U-17s. “In addition, Danny recently completed his last written exam as part of the DFB course to become a football coach, so he’s no longer committed to spending time there. I’m pleased that both of them can now take over our U23s ahead of schedule, get to know the team even more intensively and also be more involved in the planning for the coming season,” said head of the FC Bayern Campus Jochen Sauer.
“I enjoy being on the pitch as a coach, but the tasks as coach of the U23s in the 3rd division and the complex task as sporting director have demanded everything of me personally. Especially now, when planning for the 2021/22 season is in full swing at all levels, it’s necessary for me to be able to fully focus again on the upcoming important decisions in my leadership role,” said Holger Seitz.
Seitz last in the dugout in VfB Lübeck loss
Consequently, Seitz took his place in the FC Bayern dugout for the last time as coach of the reserves on Saturday, April 3, which his side lost in the end 2-3.
“We wish the new coaching staff every success from the game against Ingolstadt onwards and are convinced the team will gain further positive momentum for the rest of the season,” said Sauer.
Seitz’s successors Schwarz and Demichelis had already served as joint coaches of the U-19s at the campus in the 2019/20 campaign, before they each took responsibility for leading their own respective teams this season. Along with Stefan Buck, they’ll now work side by side again sooner than planned and reunite with many of the players they’ve already coached in their previous roles.