News : FC Augsburg dismisses Herrlich, Weinzierl is his successor – Sport
The former success coach Markus Weinzierl should save FC Augsburg from relegation. The Bundesliga club confirmed the return of the 46-year-old on Monday, who had ensured the most successful phase in the club’s history from 2012 to 2016. Weinzierl signed a contract as Heiko Herrlich’s successor until June 30, 2022. Reiner Maurer will support him as assistant coach.
After the latest 2: 3 defeat against direct rivals 1. FC Köln on Friday evening, however, the FCA released the previous coach Herrlich. First the “Augsburger Allgemeine” reported on it. The FCA leadership felt compelled to act. The Bavarian Swabians have three game days before the end of the season, only four points ahead of the relegation place, which the Cologne occupy.
“In the detailed analysis we came to the conclusion that we have to change the position of coach. We then had extensive and very good discussions with Markus Weinzierl over the weekend. We came to the conclusion that Markus der absolut is the right coach for the current situation and he feels extremely keen to work at FC Augsburg again, “said manager Stefan Reuter, who had declined to admit to Herrlich after the game against Cologne.
Herrlich’s contract would have expired on June 30, 2022
Herrlich succeeded Martin Schmidt in Augsburg in March 2020. The 49-year-old managed to keep the team in the elite league last season. However, the former international striker did not have the team further developed in a playful way, that is the goal in addition to relegation. Herrlich’s contract would have expired on June 30, 2022.
With Weinzierl, FCA even played in the Europa League in 2015/16. After that, things didn’t work out for the Straubinger anymore. After one season he had to go to FC Schalke 04. His rescue mission at VfB Stuttgart also ended prematurely in April 2019 after just six months. In Augsburg, he wants to prevent Augsburg’s first relegation after a decade in the Bundesliga and push his own career again. The last three opponents of the season are VfB Stuttgart, Werder Bremen and on the last matchday Bayern Munich.