For the German footballers it is now about the Olympic ticket. The situation for the association is very difficult given the absence of the national coach. Your representative doesn’t want to be the boss.
The tricky search for a national coach for the men seems to be approaching a solution in discussions with Julian Nagelsmann – the situation with the women’s national team is completely complicated due to Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s illness.
The German Football Association does not currently want to answer the question of when and whether the head coach will return to her position at all. The topic will not be commented on publicly out of respect for the national coach. An association spokeswoman announced this at the beginning of a press conference on the DFB campus.
“We have a duty of care, and in the meantime our duty of care is to ensure that Martina gets well again. That is our goal. Everything else follows after that,” explained Joti Chatzialexiou, head of national teams. His own future role at the DFB is also unclear. Voss-Tecklenburg’s representative Britta Carlson, previously her assistant coach, has to deliver in the upcoming Nations League games just a few weeks after the World Cup debacle, where the all-important Olympic tickets are at stake. However, the 45-year-old does not want to become a national coach herself. She could imagine being a head coach at some point – “but that would be more at a club level. That’s not an option for me at a national level.”
Via the Nations League to Paris
DFB President Bernd Neuendorf had previously contradicted rumors about Voss-Tecklenburg’s impending replacement and said: “I ask for your understanding, Martina Voss-Tecklenburg is ill. This requires respect and care that we not speculate about it.” Recently there were reports that players had complained about poor communication and tactical deficits in the coaching team around Voss-Tecklenburg at the World Cup in Australia. There the German women around captain Alexandra Popp surprisingly failed in the preliminary round.
While the German men’s selection doesn’t face the next challenge of the home European Championships until next year, the women’s team is already looking to qualify for the Olympics for Paris 2024 this fall. The selection starts this Friday (6 p.m./ ARD) in Viborg against Denmark in the Nations League. On September 26th (6:15 p.m./ZDF) the game will be against Iceland in Bochum. Another opponent in Group 3 of League A is Wales. Only the group winners make it to the final round, where the only two European Olympic places are played.
The 55-year-old Voss-Tecklenburg herself has not yet commented on her state of health. Her husband Hermann Voss-Tecklenburg told the “Bild” newspaper: “The World Cup in Australia took a lot out of her. She came back from Australia already sick, she was mentally and physically weak.”
World Cup exit not yet processed
Former national player Carlson, who has been assistant coach of the women’s team since 2018, contradicted speculation that there had been a breakdown between her and Voss-Tecklenburg after the World Cup exit: “Our relationship has not changed.” Last week she expressly rejected Sky information that she had conducted a survey among the national players as to whether they wanted to continue working with Voss-Tecklenburg: “The claim is completely unfounded and calls into question my long-standing integrity as an assistant coach.” In consultation with the national coach, she spoke confidentially with players whose views should be incorporated into the World Cup analysis.
The fact that the process of coming to terms with the so far unique preliminary round elimination has not yet been completed due to Voss-Tecklenburg’s absence makes the sporting situation extremely difficult. Even Chatzialexiou spoke of a “backpack”. In addition, the announced sports director, who is only responsible for women, is still a long time coming – despite the busy allocation of positions at the DFB. Chatzialexiou was recently unable to recommend himself for this given the crisis in the men’s and women’s selection teams. His own future is also “not relevant” at the moment, he said.
Either way, Carlson will only be a temporary solution, which could result in a major change in the women’s coaching team. Voss-Tecklenburg continues to be the national coach even when she is on sick leave. After all, Neuendorf quickly jumped to the head coach’s side – from a distance – after the disaster of the European runner-up in Australia. Your contract runs until 2025.
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