Thomas Schaaf who has only worked for a season as Eintracht Frankfurt manager, decided to quit the club and he blamed the club’s board for making him leave after just a short term responsibility. The club finished 2014/2015 season in the ninth place and played entertaining game throughout the campaign, but Schaaf reportedly lost the support of most members of the board and the players. The loss of support is due to a perceived lack of communication between them.
Schaaf told the press that he cannot accept the “incredible and incomprehensible accusations and insinuations” about him and his work made by club officials. That becomes his main reason for Schaaf, who had a year remaining on his current contract, to resign. The coach joined Frankfurt following 14 years in charge of Werder Breman where he also spent his entire playing career.
Board chairman Heribert Bruchhagen had been the only one to publicly back Schaaf and said he regretted that Schaaf was leaving. He said on the club’s website, “Thomas Schaaf achieved all the goals we had set before the season reaching spot nine in the standings and 43 points.”
The team, which ended its season in 9th with 43 points, was one of the surprises of the season. “We tried to convice him to reconsider his decision,” claimed Bruchhagen. “That’s why we never poke to any other coaches.” However, Schaaf might find that the loss of support from the board and players was such a big hit for him as a coach.
Schaaf is one of the long-time Bundesliga coaches who stood on the sidelines for the 500th times this season. Schaaf was the second Bundesliga coach to quit on Tuesday (26/5) after Roberto Di Matteo stepped down at Schalke. In a written statement, Schaaf said that he “was not prepared to accept certain public comments, made through the media, about him and his work.”
“We wish Thomas Schaaf all the best for the future and we will now start looking for his replacement,” added Bruchhagen.