The chairman of the Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart, Alexander Wehrle, has practiced self-criticism after the integration of Sami Khedira, Philipp Lahm and Christian Gentner into the association's work. In particular, Wehrle acknowledged mistakes in dealing with sports director Sven Mislintat and offered the 49-year-old a contract extension. "In hindsight, it would certainly have been better," said Wehrle, to "involve Mislintat early on" in the commitment of the three prominent ex-VfB professionals. However, Wehrle emphasized: "That has been discussed and cleared up with Sven."
During their discussion, Wehrle and Mislintat also agreed not to continue negotiations on further cooperation with the head of sport, whose contract expires at the end of the season, until the World Cup break after the 15th matchday. The VfB announced that the issue of whether Mislintat would remain in the longer term was to be “closed by the end of the year”.
Sven Mislintat "expressed" that he felt the help of Lahm, Khedira and Gentner "as an enrichment for VfB," said Wehrle. However, the sporting director felt ignored by the decision to bring the trio back. Especially the intended role for Gentner could lead to a dispute over competence. Gentner is to join the team of Mislintat and head of organization Markus Rüdt from January as head of the licensed player department. Lahm and Khedira advise Board Wehrle.