VfB Stuttgart have fired its head coach Alexander Zorniger after him spending only six months in charge of the club, which currently occupies the 16th position of the Bundesliga table. The dismissal takes immediate effect, as the decision follows the Saturday match of the team that suffered a 0-4 defeat by FC Augsburg.
The 48-year-old Zorniger, however, is not the only one leaving the team. He is to be joined by his assistant coaches André Trulsen, Armin Reutershahn, as well as by the goalkeeper coach Andreas Menger.
The president of VfB Stuttgart Bernd Wahler said in an interview revealing the reasons for the club’s decision to give Zorniger the sack. He confessed that the club’s defeat at the weekend had bothered everyone, which is why the managers had been forced to analyse both “the effects on the team and the coaching staff.”
Zorniger has been given the sack after spending only 13 games as head coach of the team. He took over in May after being dismissed from his duties at RB Leipzig earlier in 2015. As a matter of fact, this was the fourth job of Zorniger as a football manager, following his contracts with 1. FC Normannia Gmünd, Sonnenhof Großaspach and RB Leipzig.
The team of VfB Stuttgart have been facing some difficulties over the season so far. It literally struggled for form, and have managed to gather only 10 from a total of 39 available. The club has only three winnings, which makes its win percentage amount to 23%.
Robun Dutt, who occupies the position of a sporting director of the team, also commented on the departure of head coach Zorniger, saying that the latter is an excellent coach and the final conversation with him had been very emotional.
After the departure of Alexander Zorniger, the team is expected to be taken over by the 44-year-old Jürgen Kramny, who has been leading the VfB Stuttgart’s under-23 team, on a temporary basis until the club finds a new permanent coach. Kramny has a 32% win ratio with the under-23 team.
The first game when the interim coach is to take charge of the team will be a challenging one, because Stuttgart will have to face the Bundesliga No.2 Borussia Dortmund led by Thomas Tuchel.
According to an official statement made by VfB Stuttgart, Kramny will take charge of the team for an unlimited time, since there is no timescale on his role.