Kickers Offenbach fires coach Schmidt

Die Offenbach Kickers parted ways with coach Alexander Schmidt this Wednesday. In his short tenure, the 53-year-old was only able to score eleven points with the OFC in eight games in the Southwest Regional Football League. In ninth place in the table, the Kickers, whose goal is promotion to the third professional league, are already eleven points behind leaders SSV Ulm. “Our claim is far removed from reality. It probably just didn't work out - unfortunately," said club president Joachim Wagner of the FAZ on Schmidt's dismissal.

The former Dresden second division coach did not manage to find a powerful regular cast. In addition, he is said to have made communication errors. The situation is so bleak that Wagner doesn't want to use the word "promotion" at the moment. “It is inappropriate to speak on this subject. We have to find ourselves first. The players need security and stability," said Wagner. "Right now we are our own biggest enemy."

Alfred Kaminski, who will look after the team until further notice, is now supposed to get the Kickers on track. The interim coach, who has a UEFA Pro license, knows the players well because he is also head of Offenbach's youth academy. Under the leadership of managing director Matthias Georg and his advisory staff, the Kickers want to look for a new head coach in peace. Schmidt will not burden the OFC's budget in the future.

“With the release of Alexander Schmidt, his employment contract is also terminated. The economic components in the event of an exemption were basically defined when the contract was concluded," said Wagner. Schmidt's predecessor Sreto Ristic, from whom the Kickers parted after last season, is even longer on the payroll. His contract will run until July 1, 2023.

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