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TSG Hoffenheim and head coach Alfred Schreuder part ways with immediate effect

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Photo courtesy: © CPD Football)
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Photo courtesy: © CPD Football)

Bundesliga side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim have decided to part ways with head coach Alfred Schreuder. Both sides have reached a mutual agreement on the immediate termination of Schreuder’s contract which was due to run until June 30, 2022. His brother and assistant coach Dick Schreuder will also leave the club. The 47-year-old Dutchman had joined Hoffenheim before the start of the ongoing 2019/20 season from Dutch giants AFC Ajax.

“Alfred stabilised the team after the upheaval last summer and established it in the upper mid-table. In a season that will go down in the history books as one of the most extraordinary seasons of the Bundesliga, not least due to the Corona crisis,” said TSG managing director Dr. Peter Görlich, looking back on the past few months,” said Alexander Rose, Director of Professional Football at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, in a club statement.

“The main focus of the coaching team’s work was the further development of the team, especially beyond this season. When it came to the planning for the future, which is enormously demanding not least because of the Corona crisis, differences over the direction of the club and the way forward became apparent. “We had different views on important detailed issues, meaning that cooperation beyond the end of the season no longer makes sense.”

Hoffenheim’s Managing Director Frank Briel said: “We would like to thank Alfred for the work he has done and for the amicable solution that we have now reached. With regard to the current sporting situation, however, we consider it important to act immediately and make the situation clear.”

“From the very beginning, I was aware that the task at Hoffenheim would be a major challenge. The work has filled me with great joy. I would like to thank the club for giving me the chance to work in the Bundesliga,” said Alfred Schreuder. “Unfortunately, we could not agree on a common path to lead TSG into the future. I regret this development. However, it is not unusual to have differences of opinion in professional life. You then have to be honest with each other and draw the appropriate conclusions.”

The club has decided to rely on a coaching team consisting of Matthias Kaltenbach, Michael Rechner, Timo Gross, Marcel Rapp and Kai Herdling for the remaining four Bundesliga games.