VfB Stuttgart: Wehrle defends Labbadia commitment – fan criticism

No winter sale necessary

CEO Alexander Wehrle has defended Bruno Labbadia’s appointment as the new coach of relegation-threatened VfB Stuttgart against criticism. « At the end of the day, it’s the sports results that count, » said Wehrle of « Bild » and asked for patience. « It’s about his thoroughness and his passion, which he will be able to pass on to the team. Then the feedback will also be more positive.

Labbadia took care of the Bundesliga side in 119 competitive games between December 2010 and August 2013, amassing an average of 1.46 points. In this millennium, only three Stuttgart coaches had longer tenures than the former goalscorer. Especially in the last year of this phase, he was repeatedly criticized in public. Some observers from the VfB community and club fans, also in the TM community, therefore judge the comeback campaign negatively.

VfB-Bank since 2010: only Labbadia and Matarazzo have passed the 100-match mark

Bruno Labbadia – December 2010 to August 2013 – 119 games

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1.46 points per game

As of December 5, 2022

Thomas Schneider – August 2013 to March 2014 – 23 matches

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0.91 points per game

Huub Stevens – Interim manager from March to June 2014 – 10 matches

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1.2 points per game

Armin Veh – July to November 2014 – 13 games

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0.69 points per game

Huub Stevens – Interim manager from November 2014 to June 2015 – 22 games

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1.23 points per game

Alexander Zorniger – July to November 2015 – 15 matches

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1.07 points per game

Jürgen Kramny – November 2015 to June 2016 – 23 matches

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1.13 points per game

Jos Luhukay – July to September 2016 – 5 matches

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1.8 points per game

Olaf Janßen – Interim Coach from September 2016 – 2 games

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3 points per game

Hannes Wolf – September 2016 to January 2018 – 52 games

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1.6 points per game

Tayfun Korkut – January to October 2018 – 22 games

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1.64 points per game

Markus Weinzierl – October 2018 to April 2019 – 23 matches

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0.7 points per game

Nico Willig – Interim Coach from April to June 2019 – 6 matches

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1.5 points per game

Tim Walter – July to December 2019 – 20 games

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1.85 points per game

Pellegrino Matarazzo – December 2019 to October 2022 – 100 games

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1.22 points per game

Michael Wimmer – Interim Coach from October to December 2022 – 7 matches

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1.71 points per game

Bruno Labbadia – since December 2022

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(Site notre blog d’information) Community: criticism of Labbadia’s move to VfB Stuttgart

« I see many parallels here with a Hannover 96 with a Mirko Slomka. Say ‘Before, everything was fine’. In the end, it’s three meager wins in 13 games in the 2nd Bundesliga. I already assume that Labbadia will go to the 2nd division, but with this coach, you have to invest money. I am very skeptical that things will work out between Labbadia and Wohlgemuth (new sports director of the VfB, editor’s note) », wrote for example « Amnesia » on Wednesday on the Stuttgart forum at the (Site notre blog d’information) « justlittlethought » sums up many thoughts and the substance of the criticism: « The forum is relatively unanimous on this. Some think that Labbadia will stay in the league (and some don’t), that he will last until his contract expires in 2025, hardly anyone believes that.

Wehrle said of the discussion: « With a traditional club, it’s always true that emotions and passion are involved. » There are also many people at VfB « who are looking forward to Bruno ». Labbadia will bring the team together next Monday for the first practice session. Table 16 starts the rest of the season with 19 games left. on January 21, 2023 with the home game against 1. FSV Mainz 05.

1.) Hardly anyone doubts you can keep it classy with Labbadia. Based on his experience alone, he will know where to pull the levers in order to collect the necessary points. So it’s not even a question of whether Labbadia is the right decision at this point – FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST DEGRADATION. Of course, many would have preferred a coach who works « future-oriented » and would have continued in the same way, but who would always find the set screws that …

According to Wehrle, in the winter transfer window, which is then in full swing, VfB is not dependent on player sales, as is sometimes reported elsewhere: « No, we don’t have to sell players in winter. Like 14 other clubs, we will also have to generate transfer income this summer. » However, thought should be given to a good offer for the most valuable players in the squad, writes ‘Bild’.

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