VfL Bochum pulls the Reis leash: Coach Thomas Reis has to go to the start of the season after six defeats.
First Thomas Reis was allowed to continue, then watch his wife lose the DFB Cup – before the VfL Bochum coach had a shift.
After long discussions and various crisis meetings, the bottom of the Bundesliga drew the expected consequences from the historically poor start to the season and fired its promotion hero – 41 hours after the 1: 3 bankruptcy in the tram derby at Schalke 04.
“It should be clear to everyone that this decision is not easy for us,” said the new sports director Patrick Fabian, who still played with Reis at VfL.
The original Bochumer Reis, a total of 16 years as a player and coach “anne Castroper” and head coach since 2019, has “a connection to the club and the city that goes beyond the successful past three years”.
But: “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.”
VfL Bochum: Heiko Butscher steps in on an interim basis
U19 coach Heiko Butscher will replace Reis, who has been released together with his assistant coach Markus Gellhaus. First on an interim basis in the home game next Sunday (5:30 p.m.) against 1. FC Köln. “At the same time we are working on finding a successor for the head coach position,” said Fabian.
After the sixth defeat in the sixth game of the season, Reis initially continued: After a crisis meeting of the team, he worked on the small district derby with the players on Sunday. This was followed by the analysis with Fabian and CFO Ilja Kaenzig.
In the afternoon, the trio sat in the stands at the Ruhr Stadium and watched Reis’ wife Carina and the VfL women defend against the 0-1 draw against SV Meppen in the second round of the cup.
After that, the presidium around the chairman of the board, Hans-Peter Villis, also got involved. The elephant group met – and postponed the decision to Monday.
Negotiations with Schalke cause trouble
Reis, who had led VfL out of the second division relegation battle into the Bundesliga, fought for his job after the bankruptcy in Gelsenkirchen. “I’m absolutely still keen to knock the buck over,” said the 48-year-old, “I’ve had three great years here so far. If it’s up to me, there could be more great years to come.”
But in addition to the sporting problem – no club in the 60 years of the Bundesliga was in a worse position than Bochum after six rounds – the quarrel with the management floor was the deciding factor.
In the summer, Reis wanted to switch to Schalke of all places, probably because he saw that after the acclaimed relegation last season with the sensational victories against Bayern Munich and at Borussia Dortmund and newcomers for only 750,000 euros, significant setbacks were inevitable.
The board did not release him, the negotiations about the planned extension of the contract, which expires in 2023, stalled and were postponed to the World Cup break. The fans not only forgave their promotion hero for the summer flirtation with Schalke, but also for his fibbing afterwards when he denied any contact.
Most of the players were also behind Reis. “This coach came three years ago and pulled us out of the shit,” said Simon Zoller: “We celebrated incredible successes with him and achieved great things for VfL.”
After Domenico Tedesco at RB Leipzig, Reis’ exit is the second sacking of the coach in the current Bundesliga season.
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