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Magath hits out over Wolfsburg woes

April 20, 2011

Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath has criticised his predecessors for ruining his good work in leading the club to the Bundesliga title in 2009.

Magath returned to the Wolves last month after over 18 months in charge of Schalke, and has inherited a side which bears little resemblance to the one he left almost two years ago.

Without explicitly naming Armin Veh, Lorenz-Gunther Kostner, Steve McClaren and Pierre Littbarski, who have all failed to emulate his success, Magath says unnecessary changes were made and that the team has suffered a lot as a result.

"The healthy structures of the team have unnecessarily been damaged,'' he told Bild. "People wanted to change what had been a successful job and why anybody would want to change something which is intact is beyond me.''

The Wolves are currently four points adrift of safety at the bottom of the Bundesliga with four games of the season remaining. However, Magath is still convinced that he can save the club from the ever-increasing threat of relegation, even though they have drawn three and lost one of his four games at the helm.

"That is not the best of records, but everybody knew at the beginning that it would be a tough mission,'' he said. "I expect us to stay up. I don't care if it is automatic or whether we have to play in the play-off. Although I am convinced we won't need the play-offs, we have still got to be prepared for them.''