Italian opera knows many wonderful pieces. For example, the victorious march from Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, or the touching aria “Visi d’Arte” from Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca. However, his homeland’s musical legacy was no consolation for Italian Ulrich Massimo Forte during this week in exile in East Westphalia. “Football is not a request concert,” said the 48-year-old football coach calmly when he played only cacophony in the first four games with second-division team Arminia Bielefeld. So on Wednesday he was again discharged after only one and a half months in office. The Pukkini area now suits their mood better than the Verdi March.
Only six months ago the world of Armenia was still in order. The table showed the traditional club in 14th place, six points ahead of the relegation places. First class table reminds you. Continuing his rubber boat metaphor about Armenia’s outsized role in the Bundesliga racing boat competition, Samir Arabi, the sporting director at the time, said, “Ultimately, the focus is on what we are doing at Bielefeld. ” People are now driving with outboard motors, Arby joked in February. Soon the canoe started sinking.
On 19 February, Armenia recorded a 1–0 win against Union Berlin in the Bundesliga. This is his last league win so far. This was followed by eleven games played in the previous season with eight losses and three draws and direct relegation to the Second Division. In the second division, Bielefeld initially suffered four more defeats. Makes 15 consecutive winless league games. Relegated to the Bundesliga, in fact a candidate for resurgence, is now the last of the Second Division.
Came in with good credit from Fort Yverdon but faced a team in transition
The new coach, who arrived from Swiss Second Division club Yverdon-Sport in the summer, never gained access to the staff to be able to prevent the seasonal decline. This was probably also due to the complex sensitivity within the squad. Seven of the starting eleven players are no longer in the 1–0 win against Union Berlin on 19 February. The deportations and departures of several relevant players have left the remaining footballers in a challenging position. Without a point and with a goal difference of 2:9, they play second-placed Heidenheim on Sunday. It was initially unclear whether the club would introduce a new head coach until then. Training on Wednesday was led by assistant trainers Michael Henke, Kai Hesse and Sebastian Healey.
It was being speculated that the start of the season would be difficult. Goalkeeper Stefan Ortega went to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City as a back-up, while Armenia had Cedric Brunner (Schalke), Amos Peiper (Bremen), Joachim Nilsson (St Louis/USA) and Jakob Laursson (Lige) complete Back is four. Left, midfielders Fabian Kunz (Hanover) and Alessandro Schoff (Vancouver/Canada) and winger Patrick Wimmer (Wolfsburg).
Of course, these players have been replaced in their correct positions, but neither former reserve goalkeeper Stefan Cupino nor defensive additions Sylvan Seidler (Lucerne), Friedrich Jaeckel (Leipzig), Oliver Hussing (Heidenheim) and Bastian zipka (Union Berlin) ) has so far been able to provide stability.
It was also shocking that attackers Janni Cera, Fabian Klose, Masaya Okugawa and Robin Hack, who remained at the club, shot at a modest rate with just two goals in four opening games. The Japanese Okugawa is said to have really liked to play in the Bundesliga. Even two weeks before the end of the transfer period such inevitability may not bode well for the interior climate. “We need change and we lack the confidence that we can be successful in the current configuration,” Arby said of the reasons for Koch’s release.
A coaching dismissal after just four games fits well with Arby’s decisiveness. In March 2021 he surprisingly fired coach Uwe Neuhaus, in the autumn of 2021 he did not surprisingly sack his successor Frank Kramer, only surprisingly replacing him in April with surprise interim coach Marco Kostmann before the end of the season. Only changed. With his decision to move to the unknown Fort, Arby surprised again over the summer, only to be surprised by his dismissal.
Long-suffering fans have enough surprises for now. They have long gotten used to the emotional zigzag course of the club of their hearts, but would be just as happy about a very unholy victory for a change.
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