After the German women’s second place at the European Championships in England, changes in the coaching staff around Martina Voss-Tecklenburg are imminent. The assistant coaches Thomas Nörenberg and Patrik Grolimund are leaving at their own request, as the German Football Association (DFB) announced on Tuesday. Nörenberg, 59, will end his work at the DFB on August 31. After the World Cup qualifiers in Turkey and Bulgaria at the beginning of September, 42-year-old Grolimund will concentrate on his work as deputy head of pro license training.
The replacements are to be decided promptly less than a year before the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Joti Chatzialexiou, sporting director for national teams at the DFB, thanked both “for their outstanding work over the past few years. They played a key role in the fact that our women’s national team showed such impressive performances at the European Championships”.
Nörenberg, who has been on the DFB women’s staff since March 2018, has “leaved deep marks on the male U-teams, especially on Horst Hrubesch’s coaching team,” since 2004, explained Chatzialexiou: “Thomas Nörenberg has done great service to the German Soccer.” As a long-time companion of the national coach, Grolimund “always played an important part in the structure of the team. It is also thanks to him that the team put in a top physical performance from start to finish at the last European Championship,” explained the sporting director.
Now the task is to complement Martina’s team with regard to the assistant trainer and fitness trainer position. The first talks have already been held, the other staff includes assistant Britta Carlson, goalkeeping coach Michael Fuchs and ex-professional Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker, who is responsible for neuroathletics.