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Robin Dutt: I had to rectify my résumé

Werder Bremen’s new Indian origin coach Robin Dutt has admitted that he misjudged his previous job at the German FA, the Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB).

Dutt had been the Director of Sports of the DFB when he succeeded Matthias Sammer in August 2012. But he decided to resign in late May this year and to return to coaching which is his passion.

Talking to German newspaper “WELT am SONNTAG”, the 48 year old said: “It was a rectification to my résumé. I worked as a coach for 18 years and when I received the offer from the DFB I thought: Well, that’s a part of the business I would like to get to know. But it didn’t take me too long to realise that this is not the way I would like to approach football. The desire to be a coach was huge.”

“It is a white-knuckle job for someone who identifies with it. But it is a job where you get results in three, four or even five years – but not straightaway. And you are something like a lone fighter, if you are a Director of Sports. You travel a lot and you are always alone.”

“I prefer to work in a team and to be on the pitch. Sometimes you realise these things, if you experience them. That’s why I concluded I had to rectify my résumé at earliest.”

The Cologne-born gaffer became the first Indian origin coach to be assigned with a coaching job in one of the top European football leagues, when he led SC Freiburg to the 1st Division Bundesliga in 2009 before he took over from Jupp Heynckes at Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 2011.

Dutt will be conducting his first training session at his new Bundesliga club on June 28 at 10.00 CET. Werder Bremen are scheduled to leave for their pre-season training team on Norderney three days later.