TSG Hoffenheim has drawn the consequences of the sporting decline at the end of the season and fired their coach Sebastian Hoeneß. After Adi Hütter in Gladbach, Markus Weinzierl in Augsburg and Florian Kohfeldt in Wolfsburg, the 40-year-old is the fourth Bundesliga coach to be fired after the end of the season. Hoeneß’ contract in Hoffenheim would have run until the end of the coming season.
“We have always clearly expressed our appreciation for the coach and person Sebastian Hoeneß in the past few months. That’s another reason why the decision wasn’t easy for us,” said Alexander Rosen, Hoffenheim’s director of professional football. “After an analysis that started before the last matchday, we have to admit that the results and events of the past two months have overshadowed many of the many positive aspects that this season had in store and that meanwhile brought us up to fourth place.”
Hoffenheim ended the season in a disappointing ninth place and missed out on the European Cup by a wide margin. On the last matchday the team went down 1:5 at Borussia Mönchengladbach.
“The all-important question we had to ask ourselves after these negative impressions was whether we as a club could start the new season unencumbered in this constellation. After in-depth discussions, we jointly answered this question in the negative,” said Rosen.