DFB women demand a decision on the coaching question – Kuntz is a candidate

As of: September 27, 2023 7:47 a.m

After the 4-0 (2-0) win against Iceland in Bochum, the German soccer players have clearly positioned themselves in the Martina Voss-Tecklenburg case. No more limbo – that was the unanimous message on Tuesday evening.

“It is now time for a decision to be made and for there to be clarity,” said midfielder Lena Lattwein after the DFB women’s first victory in the Nations League, with which they preserved their Olympic chances. “It’s not a good situation for us that we don’t have any certainty.”

Other players made similar comments. Captain Alexandra Popp said: “Of course we need clarity as to exactly what will happen next. We will be in discussions with the DFB.”

Stefan Kuntz a candidate?

Shortly after the final whistle in the Ruhrstadion, Sport Bild brought up former U21 national coach Stefan Kuntz as a possible successor if the DFB team got a new coaching staff. The report also speculates about a possible solution with Voss-Tecklenburg in the position of new sports director.

DFB team: Britta Carlson only interim solution

As in the 2-0 loss in Denmark, previous assistant Britta Carlson sat on the bench instead of Voss-Tecklenburg, who was ill. The fact that Carlson will also be the boss at the next two international matches on October 27th in Sinsheim against Wales and on October 31st in Iceland is now considered impossible – even if, according to the 45-year-old, this is contractually possible.

Voss-Tecklenburg’s return to coaching is uncertain. Carlson hasn’t spoken to her longtime confidant on the phone in weeks. Carlson said she kept the 55-year-old up to date with text messages.

Voss-Tecklenburg’s contract runs until 2025

Lattwein said she had no information about Voss-Tecklenburg’s health. “I don’t know how she’s doing at the moment. We have the information, she’s not feeling well. It might take a while until she comes back – if she comes back. Everything that follows now is a matter for the DFB.”

The association informed about Voss-Tecklenburg’s absence due to illness on September 8th. The 55-year-old’s contract is valid until 2025.

Popp is staying for now National player

Meanwhile, DFB captain Popp assumes that she will still be able to take part in the upcoming Nations League games at the end of October, despite thoughts of resigning. The 32-year-old answered the corresponding question: “As long as we don’t have security on the pitch again and I still have the feeling that I can help, I won’t leave the pitch for the time being.”

Before the 2-0 defeat against Denmark at the start of the Olympic qualification, the goalscorer said that she was keeping her DFB future open beyond the current international matches. Your contract with VfL Wolfsburg runs until 2025.