After the Derbypleite on Schalke saw Peter Stöger once again exposed to fierce criticism. The Austrian himself was annoyed. That his time as BVB coach ends in the summer, but has not yet decided – two scenarios are conceivable.
When Peter Stöger was coached by Borussia Dortmund shortly after his release at 1. FC Köln, the Austrian laughed with joy at the amazing turnaround his coaching career had taken. Four months later there was not much left of the former joy. After the 0-2 draw in the derby against Schalke on Sunday, sees the Elf again in the rain left 52-year-old – once again – heavily criticized. Especially from your own attachment.
The power of images should not be underestimated. That applies in politics as well as in football. Especially when a game is so much in the center of attention as the Revierderby between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund. More than 60,000 spectators in the Schalke Arena and several million on the TV sets got two coaches on Sunday to see how they could hardly be more opposite in appearance.
Criticism of Stögers body language
On the one hand Domenico Tedesco, the 32-year-old Schalke coach, who showed as much physical effort during the game as his pros and rose to the fan-podium after the 2-0 victory. On the other side Peter Stöger, the 20 years older BVB coach, who received the impending defeat of his team without apparent emotion and sometimes stood with his hands in his pockets in his coaching zone. Such a team could not emotionalize, was the reproach of many BVB fans who expressed themselves after the game in the social networks.
Now, as usual dressed in BVB fan clothes Stöger on Schalke did nothing else than usual in his coaching career. The Austrian is not one of those football teachers who sweep along the sidelines like dervishes and understand their job as a high-performance sport during the 90 minutes. BVB took eight wins and five draws under Stöger’s direction, without his having been noticed for a long time.
Decision about Stöger future after Leverkusen game
And so even after the painful derby defeat, no fundamental decision has yet been made at BVB as to whether Stöger’s term ends in the summer or his expiring contract is extended. This will take place at the earliest after the landmark game against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday (the kicker reported).
Stöger himself stoked after the Derby speculation that he was now annoyed by the often strangely lethargic appearance of his team in important games. “My employment ends on June 30. And that’s a good thing,” he told the “Sportschau”.
Is Stoeger moderating the change for Nagelsmann?
Of course, this was not the first time he had expressed himself in this way. Nevertheless, two scenarios are still conceivable: either takes over on 1 July Lucien Favre, who was already in the previous year as a candidate, but at that time did not come out of his contract in Nice. Or, however, Stöger will have at least one more year left to moderate the necessary change and possibly later hand over the staff to Julian Nagelsmann.
The Hoffenheimer, who repeatedly stated that he would stay at the TSG for at least another year, promises the most footballing fantasy of any candidate for the BVB job – and is also known for his emotional coaching.