Doubts persist over Bremen coach Schaaf

Schaaf future remains uncertain

April 23, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Werder Bremen have confirmed coach Thomas Schaaf will take charge of the team at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, but doubts persist over his future at the club.

Thomas Schaaf
GettyImagesThomas Schaaf has been unable to arrest Bremen's recent slump in form

Schaaf, 51, is the longest-serving coach in the Bundesliga, having been in charge of Bremen since 1999, but a run of nine games without a win has led to speculation that he could be on his way out.

Following the 3-0 defeat at home to Wolfsburg, Schaaf had said: "If I am in the way, I will step aside. I am not important. It is not about me."

Reports in the German media had suggested that the club management had told general manager Thomas Eichin to start looking for a new coach.

Eichin has now said that Schaaf, who has been with the club since arriving as a youth player in 1972, will be in charge for the trip to Leverkusen, but he offered no guarantees over his future beyond that game.

"Together with Thomas Schaaf, we analysed the situation on Saturday evening," Eichin told the media on Monday. "We also talked about it yesterday and this morning and discussed how to prepare for our next game in Leverkusen.

"Thomas will be on our bench on Saturday."

Bremen currently sit 14th in Bundesliga, and with four games to play hold a five-point lead over Augsburg in the relegation play-off place.

When questioned as to whether Schaaf had been handed an ultimatum by the club, Eichin replied: "I don't talk about ultimatums. Right now we are convinced that the best way to get out of this situation is with Thomas Schaaf."