Wolf: fight for promotion with vfb or hsv “like a fight for relegation

Wolf: fight for promotion with vfb or hsv 'like a fight for relegation

“Fighting for promotion feels more like fighting for relegation at clubs like vfb or hsv,” the former coach of both clubs told the deutsche presse-agentur: “you have to get promoted, you”re actually always dominant, the opponent is usually very pragmatic. This is hard on the psyche of the players and not easy for all involved.”

Stuttgart and hamburg had started the season as rough favorites for promotion, ahead of this weekend"s 30. On the first day of the season, they are five and seven points behind leaders bielefeld in second and third place, respectively.

Wolf sees it as a strong signal that the swabians have extended the contract of coach pellegrino matarazzo until 2022 in the midst of this difficult phase. "It’s an attempt to break the cycle that clubs like vfb or hsv are in," said the 39-year-old, who made an interim bundesliga return with stuttgart in 2017 and now works as coach of KRC genk in belgium.

"The past has shown that constantly changing the coach doesn’t necessarily make things better," said wolf. "I can absolutely understand this step by sven mislintat and thomas hitzlsperger (sports director and head of the vfb executive board) and hope that they will be successful in doing so."


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