1. FSV Mainz 05 is slipping further and further into crisis. Now the penultimate Bundesliga table has announced its separation from coach Jan Siewert.
FSV Mainz 05 has responded to the ongoing misery in the Bundesliga by separating from coach Jan Siewert. The penultimate team, which has not won eleven games, released the 41-year-old on Monday – he had only been in office for three months. Siewert’s successor will be presented on Tuesday afternoon, as the Rheinhessen announced.
“Unfortunately, we now see the change in the coaching position as a necessary step in order to be able to bring about a positive turnaround,” said sports director Christian Heidel before the next game against FC Augsburg on Saturday (3:30 p.m., live in the audio stream on Sportschau.de ).
Will Mainz 05 present an internal solution again on Tuesday?
In the same statement in which Mainz announced its separation from Siewert, the Bundesliga club announced that it would introduce his successor on Tuesday. According to SWR information, this could be the previous U23 coach Benjamin Hoffmann. The 44-year-old replaced Siewert as U23 coach at Rheinhessen last fall. In the previous season he became German champion with the U19 05 team.
Hoffmann recently caused a stir when he knocked FC Barcelona’s youngsters out of the competition with the U19s in the European Youth League. Hoffmann had been assured that he would be allowed to take on the Youth League games despite his work with the U23.
Siewert became Mainz’s head coach in December
Siewert initially followed Bo Svensson as interim coach at the beginning of November. Shortly before Christmas, he received a contract until June 30, 2026. Apart from his first game (2-0 against RB Leipzig), the former coach of Mainz’s second team did not win a game and drew six times.
After the 1:3 at VfB Stuttgart on Sunday, FSV sports director Martin Schmidt avoided a commitment to Siewert and announced a detailed analysis. “We’ll sit down together calmly and see what the next steps are. We have to change something, that’s clear,” said the Swiss. “It’s clear that we obviously can’t continue playing like this. We need victories.”
Mainz 05 is nine points behind in 15th place
The Mainz team is threatened with their first fall from the upper house since their promotion in 2009. They are already nine points behind the first non-relegation place, which Union Berlin occupies. There is a four-point gap to the relegation place with 1. FC Köln.
The 05ers have had great coaches like Jürgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel in the past. But even Svensson, who saved Mainz from relegation in 2021 and then finished the season eighth in the table, did not become a permanent solution. Siewert said goodbye in the 05er’s press release with the words: “Together with my coaching team, I did everything I could to ensure that the club could stay in the league, unfortunately we also lacked the necessary luck. I wish the team and the club all the best – and especially that they can still hold the league.”
Broadcast on Monday, February 12th, 2024 at 2:00 p.m., SWR Aktuell in the afternoon, SWR Aktuell