After the 1: 3 in Regensburg Hannover 96 arrived in the relegation battle.
Despite the crisis and 14th place, boss Martin Kind (77) leaves no doubt that he is still fully familiar with his coach Jan Zimmermann (42) and his sports director Marcus Mann (37). Both came in the summer.
Full backing for Zimbo & Mann
Child to BILD: “We are convinced of the sports management and will go this way together.”
After the previous season in 13th place, professional managing director Kind had turned everything inside out at the Reds. Zimmermann replaced Kenan Kocak (41), Mann took over from Gerry Zuber (46). Large parts of the trainer and supervisor staff were replaced.
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Zimmermann and Mann renewed the team, which only died after the 5th match day was complete. A total of ten newcomers came, including at the end of the transfer window Lukas Hinterseer (30) as the successor to Marvin Ducksch (27 / Werder), Gaël Ondoua (25) and Tom Trybull (28).
Wasn’t the radical upheaval in summer too big?
“The complete rebuilding was necessary”, Kind and emphasizes: “It seems to take more time than we all expected. We take this time. “
Nevertheless, it should quickly go uphill again. Art: “We are sticking to the goal of the season – a safe, middle place in the table.”
And that’s why it’s clear: something has to change quickly on the pitch.
They are only two points ahead of relegation position 16 (Sandhauen, 9 points) – but already four to the single-digit table position (Düsseldorf as 9th with 15 points). 96 got just one point from their last four games.
“That way you don’t win a game in the second division,” grumbled Sebastian Kerk (27) after the 1: 3 in Regensburg, the sixth defeat of the season in the eleventh game.
Sports director Mann puts pressure on his professionals: “You can’t blame the boys for their attitude and willingness to run. But we have to put our energy in the right place. We have to be more consistent and dirtier in our actions. “
The cup game (Wednesday, 8.45 pm) against Düsseldorf and above all the basement duel (Saturday, 1.30 pm) against Aue are “extremely important games”. Man: “We mustn’t lose our nerve. But neither should we take the situation lightly. That would be a big mistake. “