“Have a points crisis”

    After the latest reports that management had lost confidence in Niko Kovac, the chairman of the supervisory board, Frank Witter, from the Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg also backed the coach despite the bad start to the season. “There is absolutely no doubt that Niko Kovac is the right coach,” said the 63-year-old at a media round in Wolfsburg. The former coach of FC Bayern Munich “burns” for the task, added Witter, who also emphasized: “We have a points crisis, we don’t need to argue that away.”


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    During the week, “Sport Bild” brought up Thomas Reis, who had been fired at VfL Bochum, as a possible candidate for a Kovac successor. According to this, public statements by Kovacs about his ex-club Eintracht Frankfurt or about the “fears of existence” of professionals who do not have a regular place caused confusion at management level. In the team, however, Kovac’s saying that he would return to the pitch with his brother and assistant coach Robert if necessary to ensure more toughness in the VfL game was not well received. With Stuttgart, Augsburg, Mönchengladbach and the cup game against Eintracht Braunschweig ahead of them, trend-setting weeks are beginning for both the club and its coach.

    “We need sporting success,” warned the supervisory board boss. From the individually well-staffed squad, it is Kovac’s task to “form a team” in which everyone “goes to their limits” and shows “willingness and will”. Those responsible for striker Max Kruse no longer saw this, which is why they finally sorted him out. Witter also supports this measure. The ex-national player is an “exceptional footballer with special skills” that also helped to stay up in the second half of the previous season. But you also have to look at “the overall structure” of a team.

    However, the fuss about Kruse should not be “an excuse” for the bad start to the season. Meanwhile, Witter was satisfied with Marcel Schäfer and Sebastian Schindzielorz, the new management duo in the sporting management. Both are modern, dynamic and likeable personalities.

    Since the promotion to the Bundesliga: All Wolfsburg coaches with a record

    Niko Kovac – 8 competitive games – 1.0 points per game

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    In office since July 1, 2022

    Florian Kohfeldt – 28 competitive games – 1.14 points per game

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    Term of office: October 26, 2021 to May 15, 2022

    Mark van Bommel – 13 competitive games – 1.15 points per game

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    Term of office: July 1, 2021 to October 24, 2021

    Oliver Glasner – 87 competitive games – 1.67 points per game

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    Term of office: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021

    Bruno Labbadia – 50 competitive games – 1.52 points per game

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    Term of office: February 20, 2018 to June 30, 2019

    Martin Schmidt – 22 competitive games – 1.18 points per game

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    Term of office: September 18, 2017 to February 19, 2018

    Andries Jonker – 19 competitive games – 1.47 points per game

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    Term of office: February 27, 2017 to September 18, 2017

    Valérien Ismaël – 17 competitive games – 1.12 points per game

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    Term of office: October 17, 2016 to November 5, 2016

    Dieter Hecking – 165 competitive games – 1.75 points per game

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    Term of office: January 1, 2013 to October 17, 2016

    Lorenz-Günther Köstner – 11 competitive games – 1.82 points per game

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    Interim coach from October 25th, 2012 to December 31st, 2012 (previously already in 2010 with 21 games, 1.62 points on average)

    Felix Magath – 52 competitive games – 1.23 points per game

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    Second term: 03/18/2011 to 10/25/2012

    Pierre Litbarski – 5 competitive games – 0.60 points per game

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    Interim coach from 02/07/2011 to 03/18/2011

    Steve McClaren – 24 competitive games – 1.21 points per game

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    Term of office: July 1, 2010 to February 7, 2011

    Armin Veh – 27 competitive games – 1.26 points per game

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    Term of office: July 1, 2009 to January 25, 2010

    Felix Magath – 85 competitive games – 1.86 points per game

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    First of two terms of office from 06/15/2007 to 06/30/2009

    Klaus Augenthaler – 56 competitive games – 1.16 points per game

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    Term of office: December 29, 2005 to May 19, 2007

    Coach Holger – 25 competitive games – 1.28 points per game

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    Term of office: July 1, 2005 to December 19, 2005

    Eric Gerets – 44 competitive games – 1.34 points per game

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    Term of office: April 4, 2004 to May 28, 2005

    Jürgen Röber – 48 competitive games – 1.42 points per game

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    Term of office: 03/04/2003 to 04/04/2004

    Wolfgang Wolf – 195 competitive games – 1.45 points per game

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    Term of office: March 23, 1998 to March 4, 2003 (took over in Wolfsburg’s first Bundesliga season on matchday 28 from promotion coach Willi Reimann)

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