Alfred Schreuder is no longer head coach of 1899 TSG Hoffenheim. The Bundesliga team have reached a mutual agreement with the 47-year-old Dutchman on the immediate termination of his contract, which was due to run until June 30, 2022.
Schreuder had come to TSG from top Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam before the start of this season. As well as Alfred Schreuder, his brother and assistant coach Dick Schreuder (48) will also leave the club.
“Alfred stabilised the team after the upheaval last summer and established it in the upper mid-table. In a season that will go down in the history books as one of the most extraordinary seasons of the Bundesliga, not least due to the Corona crisis,” said TSG managing director Dr. Peter Görlich, looking back on the past few months.
The main focus of the coaching team’s work was the further development of the team, especially beyond this season. When it came to the planning for the future, which is enormously demanding not least because of the Corona crisis, differences over the direction of the club and the way forward became apparent. “We had different views on important detailed issues, meaning that cooperation beyond the end of the season no longer makes sense,” explained TSG director of professional football, Alexander Rosen.
Given this, it was important for the club to demonstrate a clear line and to allow the decision taken to follow the logical steps even now. “We would like to thank Alfred for the work he has done and for the amicable solution that we have now reached,” said Frank Briel. “With regard to the current sporting situation, however, we consider it important to act immediately and make the situation clear”, added TSG’s managing director, who, together with Peter Görlich, is responsible for the sporting side of the club’s management.
“From the very beginning, I was aware that the task at Hoffenheim would be a major challenge. The work has filled me with great joy. I would like to thank the club for giving me the chance to work in the Bundesliga,” said Alfred Schreuder. “Unfortunately, we could not agree on a common path to lead TSG into the future. I regret this development. However, it is not unusual to have differences of opinion in professional life. You then have to be honest with each other and draw the appropriate conclusions,” added the departing coach.
TSG will be relying on a team solution for the remaining four games. The current team of coaches, including Matthias Kaltenbach, Michael Rechner and Timo Gross, will be expanded to include coach Marcel Rapp (41) and the former TSG first-teamer Kai Herdling (35) from the club’s academy. In addition, TSG director of professional football, Alexander Rosen, will work more closely with the team for the remainder of the season. Together with Rosen, the club’s directors will now push on with the plans for the new season, which will see a new coach preparing the TSG Hoffenheim team.