VfL Bochum fires Thomas Reis, Heiko Butscher follows

Dhat was it for Thomas Reis VfL Bochum. The successful coach of recent years has to leave the Revierklub after the sixth matchday. Recently there had been a lot of unrest about the coach. First there is an interim solution.

VfL Bochum has separated from coach Thomas Reis. After six defeats in a row at the start of the Bundesliga season, the 48-year-old is no longer responsible for the Revierklub team with immediate effect. On an interim basis, the former professional should first Heiko Butscher take over. The 42-year-old was last in charge of the U19s at VfL.

Flirt with Schalke 04

"We urgently need to find solutions to improve the very difficult sporting situation and at the same time ignore issues that have a negative impact on it," said sports director Patrick Fabian on Monday. “Heiko Butscher has agreed to take over the team on an interim basis until further notice. At the same time, we are working on finding a successor for the head coach position.”

Not only the sporting crisis had recently depressed the mood at the traditional club, which was still strong last season. Bochum and Reis had not been able to agree on an extension of the coach's contract, which expires in 2023. In addition, rumors and media reports increased the unrest, according to which Reis would switch to his Ruhr area rival before the season FC Schalke 04 have considered. Reis had denied this before the 3-1 defeat at Schalke on Saturday evening.

Guided the club to the premier league

VfL then struggled with the decision for a long time. “It should be clear to everyone that this decision is not easy for us. Thomas Reis has a connection to the club and the city that goes beyond the successful past three years," Fabian continued. Reis had held various coaching positions at Bochum for many years before taking over the professional team as head coach in 2019.

Reis stabilized the club in the second Bundesliga and rose in 2021 Bochum on. VfL, considered by many experts to be sure of relegation, played a strong season and surprised with victories against Bayern Munich and in Dortmund.

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