Troubled days are coming to VfB Stuttgart. In terms of sport, the Swabians are again in the bottom of the table, the occupation of the club management causes discussions on several levels. The further cooperation with sports director Sven Mislintat and (interim) trainer Michael Wimmer is also unclear.

    VfB Stuttgart returns from its US tour on Monday. Sixteenth in the Bundesliga table used the World Cup break to make a trip to Texas. The Swabians not only return from the “Lone Star State” with a 4-2 friendly win against 1. FC Köln, but also with further unanswered questions about personnel policy.

    First and foremost it is about the future of the quite controversial sports director Sven Mislintat. The diamond eye has been working in Stuttgart since 2019 and helped, among other things, with the second Bundesliga promotion in the recent past.

    VfB negotiations fail because of Mislintat’s demands

    The contract of the sports director, who is popular with the fans, expires next summer. Further cooperation is not yet foreseeable, as the negotiations have always failed due to Mislintat’s demands. As the “kicker” reports, the points to be debated revolve primarily around “competence, budget and salary issues”.

    Mislintat would like to be promoted to sports director in Stuttgart, but the 2007 champion would not promote his current sports director any further. A unilaterally drawn exit clause demanded by Mislintat is also currently an unbridgeable topic of conversation.

    According to “kicker”, the difficult relationship between Mislintat and Sami Khedira, who, like Philipp Lahm, has been working as an external consultant at his youth club since the summer of 2022, does not play a decisive role in the negotiations. Although “the tablecloth has been cut”, the club hopes that such an initial situation will lead to “controversial debates” and “increased quality of transfer decisions”.

    Khedira and Mislintat bicker over the coaching issue

    The big dispute between Mislintat and Khedira already came over the coaching question. Mislintat is committed to the current interim coach Michael Wimmer, and the CEO Alexander Wehrle is not averse to a promotion to head coach.

    Khedira apparently assesses the situation differently and is striving for an external solution. Jess Thorup (most recently FC Copenhagen) and former Hoffenheim coach Alfred Schreuder, who has been criticized at Ajax Amsterdam, have been traded as new coaches in Swabia in the past.

    It is conceivable that the coaching decision is directly linked to Mislintat’s future.