FC Augsburg has made the primary teaching alternative within the 61st season of the Bundesliga. The membership has relieved head coach Enrico Maaßen (39) of his duties after the seventh matchday with the sobering 1:2 dwelling defeat towards newly promoted SV Darmstadt 98. Maaßen was beneath contract with FCA till 2025. The membership reacted to the weak begin to the thirteenth Bundesliga season since promotion in 2011.
“After open discussions with Enrico Maaßen, we got here to the conclusion that we have to make a change within the place of head coach. Sadly, regardless of nice dedication and intensive work, Enno and the workforce didn’t handle to interrupt the development and efficiently carry the specified growth onto the pitch,” mentioned sports activities director Marinko Jurendic, explaining the transfer in a membership assertion.
Till a brand new head coach is employed, the workforce can be sorted on an interim foundation by soccer trainer and U23 coach Tobias Strobl, the assertion continued.
“I’m after all dissatisfied about this choice as a result of I’m satisfied that collectively we’d have managed the turnaround,” Maaßen was quoted as saying. “I’m grateful to FCA and people accountable for giving me the chance to work within the Bundesliga and I want FCA all the very best for the long run, particularly that the muse we’ve laid collectively results in success .”
The Augsburg workforce reacted to persistent undesirable developments and a downward development that had already began within the first yr beneath Maaßen. Solely with plenty of luck and assist did the Fuggerstadt workforce handle to avoid wasting themselves from the relegation battle on the final match day of the earlier season. “The development is downwards. We’re within the purple,” mentioned sports activities director Marinko Jurendic after the defeat towards Darmstadt.
This season had already began badly with the elimination from the DFB Cup on account of a defeat within the first spherical at third division promoted workforce SpVgg Unterhaching. The workforce, which was extensively rebuilt and rejuvenated once more in the summertime, initially confirmed offensive progress on the primary matchdays. However the protection beneath Maaßen was not prepared for the Bundesliga. Ultimately, 5 factors weren’t sufficient.
Maaßen succeeded Markus Weinzierl in Augsburg in the summertime of 2022. He was supposed to provide the membership a transparent soccer profile once more after he had beforehand made a reputation for himself as a developer and sponsor of younger gamers within the third division with Borussia Dortmund’s second workforce. However in Augsburg he didn’t transcend approaches and remoted highlights akin to a house win towards FC Bayern Munich final season. FCA was Maaßen’s first Bundesliga station.