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By Peter Vice @ViceytheSS
Both TSG 1899 Hoffenheim trainer André Breitenreiter and club sporting director Alexander Rosen seemed to question their right to hold their positions after Saturdays humiliating 2-5 defeat away at Bochum.
|Alexander Rosen.||Photo: Uwe Grün, CC BY-SA 3.0|
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim head-coach André Breitenreiter cited no fewer than “11 total failures” during a miserable first-half performance on Saturday that saw hosts Bochum rush out to a 3-0 first-half-lead. The under-fire gaffer still wished to emphasize that he himself wasn’t skirting responsibility.
“As a coach, I’m responsible for what’s on the pitch,” Breitenreiter remarked at the post-match presser, “And what I’ve seen, I can’t accept in any way, it has nothing to do with professional football, the head-coach is responsible for the team’s posture.”
Club sporting director Alexander Rosen added his fair share of denunciatory comments; some of which bordered on the cryptic. The long-time club executive deliberately wanted to place some of the blame on his own shoulders.
“I don’t want to take the coaching question,” Rosen noted, “That’s too easy. I don’t want to just ask one question. We need to ask bigger questions here. We changed the head-coach and the players, but everything remains the same at the club. The managerial team. I’m involved in that. Somewhere there must be truth and answers.”
Rosen knows full well what it’s like to experience a full administrative house cleaning. Rosen took over with then head-coach Markus Gisdol when club owner Dietmar Hopp decided to lower the axe on the entire coaching and managerial team during a relegation fight in April of 2013.
After nearly a decade, it appears the club has come full circle.