Hengen over Antwerp

48 turbulent hours were between the defeat of 1. FC Kaiserslautern near Viktoria Köln (0: 2) and the change of coach from Marco Antwerp to Dirk Schuster. Turbulent because the Red Devils not only played the chance of direct promotion through the third defeat in a row, but because rumors and speculations about the future of Antwerpen were spreading until the FCK spread the official exemption of the most successful coach (1, 63) actually announced since Franco Foda.

"It was turbulent days and a very difficult time," sports manager Thomas Hengen looked back on the past hours on Wednesday evening at the introduction of Antwerpen's successor Schuster. "This is a damn unpopular decision. And I didn't make it easy either. But it's not about people and individual fates, it's about the success of the club."

We have found a worrying trend for weeks.

Thomas Hengen

In doing so, the ex-professional defended the coaching change, which was partly with violent reactions in the area, ten days before the relegation. However, it was not a quick shot, as Hengen emphasized. He justified the separation primarily with the development according to the rapid 3: 1 derby victory against Saarbrücken: "We have found a worrying trend for weeks, for running data and duel values." Overall, it should not be explained that such an extreme drop in performance will happen within three weeks.

When the unexpected chance to Braunschweig's slip in Meppen (2: 3) was literally thrown away by a Lethargic appearance, especially in the first half, the decision began to tire specifically to separate from Antwerp. According to Hengen, after the appearance in Cologne-Höhenberg, he was literally "terrified" of the performance of the team, which "mainly lacked the basics". After an analysis on Monday, according to Hengen, he informed the contact with Schuster, Antwerp and his assistant coach Frank Döpper on Tuesday.

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Despite the turbulence, the 47-year-old now hopes for the necessary impulse with a view to the relegation, which he books as a success regardless of the course of the season: "It cannot be that half of the league would like to exchange with us and we are happy not us."


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