Berlin | After Fischer’s exit: Union Berlin faces a difficult search for a coach

Berlin (dpa) – Those responsible at 1. FC Union Berlin are not to be envied. Hardly any other Bundesliga coach in recent years has stood for football and the path of his club as much as Urs Fischer. But after 14 games without a win, the 57-year-old is gone.

The club around President Dirk Zingler now has to find the right coach who can avert relegation. “Every new coach needs time to build connections,” said Zingler on Wednesday. Some names that could play a role in the coming weeks.

Bo Svensson

The Dane probably doesn’t have too fond memories of Berlin at the moment. After the 3-0 defeat at Hertha BSC in the DFB Cup, he left FSV Mainz 05 a good two weeks ago. His emotional video message afterwards earned him a lot of sympathy. This is another reason why Svensson could be a good fit for Union, where the connection to the environment is very important. He could also advance the team offensively.

Oliver Glasner

In Wolfsburg and even more impressively in Frankfurt, the Austrian showed how quickly he can raise teams to a top level. However, after two years, despite the success, it was over. Both times, disagreements with the club management played a role. Fischer, managing director Oliver Ruhnert and Zingler have never made a secret of their controversial discussions. However, details never leaked out. Glasner could possibly hope for a bigger club than Union.

Steffen Baumgart

A crowd favorite with the Eisernen since his time as a player, his wife worked for Union and he is said to still have an apartment in Köpenick. It would be almost too obvious. The catch: Baumgart still has a job at 1. FC Köln. The Rhinelanders are only in 17th place in the table because of the slightly better goal difference ahead of Union, but the 51-year-old appears to be even more firmly in the saddle than Fischer was. It is also questionable whether he would want to jeopardize his previously impeccable reputation in East Berlin.

Marco Grote

The U19 coach will initially look after the Berliners as an interim coach, the next Bundesliga game is on November 25th against FC Augsburg. It is by no means impossible that Grote will get a chance to prove himself. And can stay if the results are right.

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