Bremen, Germany (AP) – Bremen’s Werder Bremen have sacked Florian Kohfeldt and reappointed Thomas Schaff in a bid to avoid relegation from the Bundesliga.
Bremen, who fell into relegation after losing to Augsburg on Saturday, announced on Sunday that the 60-year-old Schaff was returning from his last two Bundesliga games in the Bundesliga against Borussia M :nchengladbach.
Bremen could automatically step down next Saturday if Cologne beat Schalke, who have already been knocked out. Cologne is just one point behind Bremen, who are currently in the two-legged playoffs against third-placed Third Division. The winner of the next season will play in the Bundesliga.
Bremen could still avoid the relegation zone, at the same time playing a draw with Gladbach, depending on the result of Armenia Bielefeld in Stuttgart. Bielefeld is one point ahead of Bremen, which has a better goal difference than its two rivals.
“In the current situation, there is a consensus that change is necessary to avoid retreat. “We would like to thank Florian for all he has done for Werder and wish him all the best,” said Frank Baumann, Bremen’s sporting director.
Kohfeldt has been in charge since October 2017, helping to save the team from being left out last year. But the team did not win nine games in the championship. Eight of them ended in defeat.
Schaaf trained in Bremen for 14 years, until 2013, when in 2004 the club won two league cups.
“We are delighted that Thomas has agreed to coach the club in such precarious conditions,” said Baumann. “We hope he will be able to use his experience and prepare the players in the best way for the last game of the season.”
Schaff said it was “a huge challenge, of course, but we still have every chance of staying in the league.”
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