In the relegation battle of the Bundesliga, Arminia Bielefeld surprisingly changes the coach. Frank Kramer, who kept East Westphalia in the German House of Lords last season, was New Westphalianto the Westfalenblatt and the table football dismiss.
The 49-year-old is said to be on the bench for goalkeeping coach Marco Kostmann from the away game at 1. FC Köln on Saturday. He is supported by Michael Henke as the new assistant coach. Ottmar Hitzfeld’s former assistant at Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund was most recently with FC Ingolstadt. The club initially did not want to confirm the reports at the request of the SID. “If there is something to announce, we will do it today,” said a club spokesman.
The Arminia is four games before the end of the season on the penultimate place in the table. The relegation place is two, the non-relegation place is three points away. Recently, the sporting trend has been pointing downwards: the traditional club has not won for seven games, only in the 1-1 draw against VfB Stuttgart at the beginning of April did Bielefeld score a goal.
Separation from Kramer comes as a surprise
Kramer was only brought to Bielefeld in March 2021 for the dismissed promotion coach Uwe Neuhaus in order to prevent relegation in the first season after the Bundesliga return. This succeeded – even without the detour of relegation. However, given the precarious sporting situation, those responsible around sports director Samir Arabi apparently no longer trust the former DFB junior coach Kramer to establish himself in the Bundesliga in the long term. In 44 competitive games in his 13 months as Arminia coach, Kramer only won ten.
The timing of the split still comes as a surprise. Most recently, Kramer is said not to have reached parts of the team. In addition to the coach, assistant Ilya Gruyev must also go. The Arminia are particularly concerned about the personnel departures. So it is already clear or it is becoming apparent that top performers such as Patrick Wimmer, Fabian Klos or goalkeeper Stefan Ortega Moreno will leave the club at the end of the season. In addition, the offensive is far too harmless: Even bottom Greuther Fürth scored 24 goals more than Bielefeld.