After a negative run: Urs Fischer and 1. FC Union part ways

After negative run

Urs Fischer and 1. FC Union are parting ways

Union-Trainer Urs Fischer (imago images/Matthias Koch)

imago images/Matthias Koch

Audio: rbb24 Inforadio | November 15, 2023 | Guido Ringel | Bild: imago images/Matthias Koch

An era is ending at 1. FC Union Berlin: coach Urs Fischer is leaving the club after five years. After 14 games without a win, the Iron Men are in last place in the Bundesliga.

Urs Fischer is no longer the coach 1. FC Union Berlin. The Swiss and Union Berlin are going their separate ways after more than five years together. According to the club, Fischer and club president Dirk Zingler mutually agreed on this on Monday. The club officially announced the decision on Wednesday morning. Zingler had only informed the team shortly beforehand.

Fischer: “The last few weeks have taken a lot of energy”

After five successful seasons with promotion to the Bundesliga and three qualifications for international competition, the Unioners are playing against relegation this season. Last weekend’s 4-0 defeat was Union’s 14th winless game in a row.

“The last few weeks have taken a lot of energy. We tried a lot, the team put in a lot, but it didn’t pay off in results,” the club quoted Fischer as saying in a statement. Together we have now come to the conclusion that now is the time to take a different path, explained Zingler.

With Fischer, his assistant coach Markus Hoffmann is also leaving 1. FC Union. Union U19 coach Marco Grote will be the interim coach until further notice. He is supported by assistant trainer Marie-Louise Eta.

Crash from the third match day

After Union started the season perfectly with wins against Astoria Walldorf (4:0, DFB Cup), Mainz (4:1, Bundesliga) and Darmstadt (4:2, Bundesliga), the slump followed. The team has not been able to win a game since the 3-0 defeat against Leipzig on September 3rd.

It was also during this time that we were eliminated from the DFB Cup and the Champions League. Since the 4-0 defeat in Leverkusen last Sunday, Union Berlin has been in 18th place in the league. “When you’re playing in a relegation battle, you need a different body language, a different mentality,” said Fischer after the game in which his team had no chance.

Apparently this is also why Fischer came to the conclusion that he was no longer the right coach for Union’s goals for the season. On Wednesday he said: “Sometimes a different face, a different way of addressing a team helps to trigger development.”

Fischer leaves in peace

During Urs Fischer’s time at 1. FC Union, the club celebrated some of the greatest successes in the club’s history. After promotion in May 2019, Union established itself in the Bundesliga. After qualifying for the Conference League and the Europa League, Union managed to qualify for the Champions League, the most important club competition in European football, at the end of last season. Fischer was then voted in the “kicker” journalists’ election named Coach of the Year.

Fischer now said that he would like to thank the players, his coaching team, the club and the fans for this successful time. And: “I wish Union only the best and am convinced that they will succeed in staying in the league.” Club president Zingler also thanked Fischer for his “always respectful and trusting cooperation”. Zingler also said: “As painful as this separation is – Urs Fischer leaves as a friend who will be welcomed by us with open arms at all times.”

Broadcast: rbb24, November 15, 2023, 6 p.m

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