Mainz 05 and coach Bo Svensson part ways

Siewert takes over

Bo Svensson is no longer the coach of Mainz 05. The club confirmed earlier reports on Thursday evening that the Danish coach had resigned. The club stressed that it had “decided on this step together” with sports director Christian Heidel and sports director Martin Schmidt.

The newspaper “Bild” reported on an all-night board meeting, during which the expulsion of Svensson was also discussed. In the end, Svensson, who had initially ruled out a resignation, pulled on the heartstrings himself.

For now, Jan Siewert, who previously managed the Mainz U23s, will take over the team. With Svensson, the Rheinhessen had remained winless in 14 first division matches over the seasons. The last victory dates back to April against FC Bayern (3:1). During the current season, Mainz has the lowest interim record in the club’s history with only three points after nine match days and ranks last in the standings.

Svensson leaves Mainz position: ‘It’s very difficult for me to say goodbye’

“Mainz 05 owes a lot to Bo, especially the fact that we still play in the Bundesliga today. “In addition, we achieved two more seasons in the Bundesliga and delighted our fans with our (Site notre bureau spécialisé),” said sporting director Christian Heidel. “We have spent many hours discussing in recent weeks how we can reverse the negative sports trend. Unfortunately, there are always complex developments in (Site notre bureau spécialisé) that can bring such successful joint work to a point where it might be better to take a new path. Bo developed this feeling himself and shared it with us.

Svensson said: “It’s very difficult for me to say goodbye, but I think the time has come. I have been coming from Mainz for 16 years. I learned a lot here, I met so many great people, at the club, among the fans, in the city, my children grew up here in Mainz. These experiences will shape me for the rest of my life. But unfortunately, due to the evolution of sport, the time has come to realize that no individual is above the club and that all forces must now be brought together to control the sporting situation. Unfortunately, that won’t be my case, but unfortunately, that’s how it has to be. Today more than ever, the club and the team need the solidarity that has always distinguished us. « 

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