Maybe not such a pretty picture, but it’s true: Since the fireman took over in Stuttgart, VfB has only been on fire more.
In the Labbadia table, in this case also that of the last eight matchdays, the traditional club immediately occupies a relegation zone! Only undercut by the bottomless Hoffenheimers.
First a win with Labbadia at VfB Stuttgart
VfB have only won one game since Bruno Labbadia took office.
The quiet dreams of putting down a successful streak under the experienced professional rescuer and playing the second half of the season euphorically have burst loudly.
Worse point average under Labbadia
If things continued as they have been under Labbadia (0.625 points on average), Stuttgart would have almost 30 points at the end of the season. That usually takes you away!
Under Labbadia’s predecessor Michael Wimmer, who coached the Stuttgart team for six games in the autumn and would have loved to have stayed, VfB scored an average of 1.5 points.
In the period of his responsibility, the Swabians collect the seventh champion counters (9) in a league comparison.
Why didn’t Wimmer stay?
Boss Alexander Wehrle has to put up with the question of whether Wimmer, who knew the team with all its strengths and weaknesses very well and for years, would not have been a better choice than external Labbadia.
As an experienced relegation battle expert, he stands for a football that the composition of the Stuttgart team doesn’t really give.
Labbadia’s desired transfer Joshua Guilavogui, 32, who could have helped in midfield with his quality and experience, could not realize the Stuttgart leadership after a long back and forth.
Labbadia had already called the Frenchman, who hardly gets a chance to play in Wolfsburg, and explained his intended role at VfB to him in detail.
VfB board member Wehrle steps up against Mislintat
In the fall, Wehrle decided not only against Wimmer’s continued employment, but also against sports director Sven Mislintat – who wanted to keep Wimmer in office.
I am table football Wehrle accused the squad planner Mislintat, who is highly valued in the industry, of having set the wrong priorities.
The new strong man in the Swabians says, among other things: “Currently, players who play no role in sport and are loaned to us tie up too much salary and block squad positions that talents from our own offspring should move to.”
Mislintat: Labbadia not ideal
To ignite this brand now is at least not very wise. Of course, Mislintat’s public counterattack that he didn’t think Labbadia was the ideal choice came just three days later: “I don’t think it’s a perfect match.”
But, speaking of the brand: Maybe it really has to burn like hell before Labbadia is in top form with VfB Stuttgart. Saturday would be the next chance away in Frankfurt.
Certainly not easy, but it’s about time…