After the 0-2 defeat on the penultimate matchday of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season at FC Augsburg, SV Werder Bremen parted ways with head coach Florian Kohfeldt with immediate effect. The management of the Green-Whites made the decision to release the coach late on Saturday evening. The Supervisory Board approved this decision.
“Unfortunately after the game in Augsburg we were no longer convinced that we would be able to stay up with Florian Kohfeldt. That is why we discussed with the committees on the evening after the game and came to this decision in the end. We are still convinced that Florian Kohfeldt is an excellent coach, but we agreed to make another change now in order to still achieve relegation. We thank Florian for everything he has done for Werder and wish him all the best,” said Frank Baumann, managing director of football at Werder Bremen.
Thomas Schaaf will succeed the 38-year-old soccer teacher. The 60-year-old, who had already coached Werder Bremen for 14 years and, among other things, won the double with the green-whites in 2004, will travel to the quarantine training camp in Barsinghausen on Sunday and look after the team in the final phase of the season. In addition to the previous team of coaches, he is also supported by Wolfgang Rolff, who will act as co-trainer. It has been agreed with Thomas Schaaf that the commitment is limited to the last Bundesliga game and possible games in the relegation playoffs.
“We are happy that Thomas is taking on this task in such a precarious situation for the club. We hope that he can bring his experience to the table and get the players ready for the last game of the season. It will be about giving them the unconditional conviction and the absolute will for the last game of the season and possibly also for the relegation in order to achieve our goal,” said Baumann.
Thomas Schaaf knows how difficult the task is, but is optimistic about the last game of the season against Borussia Mönchengladbach and said, “That is of course a huge challenge, but we still have every opportunity to stay in the league (Bundesliga). We have little time, but we will do everything we can to go into the game with passion, confidence and belief in our own strength and to be successful in the end.”