Hannover 96 had actually fixed on his preferred candidate: Alexander Frei (40), the former Dortmund striker and U18 coach from FC Basel, should be the new head coach and inherit Mirko Slomka.
Now the role follows backwards: The Swiss has no desire for the Hannover job and 96 canceled. He prefers to stay in Basel and coach the youth team instead of in the 2nd league in Germany. Now the 96-coach casting goes into the recall.
Frei feels "honored" – but says no
On Wednesday Frei had come to Hanover for talks. He presented his ideas and made a good impression on the 96-decision makers: young, sympathetic, eloquent. Frei fit perfectly into the newly formulated requirements profile. Yesterday he said.
"I'm honored to be traded as a trainer candidate at a traditional club like 96," the coach said. "It goes without saying that a club of this size in an attractive league should be worth considering for every trainer candidate. "Nevertheless, he told 96 sports director Jan Schlaudraff" that I will not be available for the post of head coach ".
Still fresh solution favors
The favorite is out, at zero 96 starts in the coach search therefore not. And the profile remains the same: Hanover's decision-makers prefer a fresh solution, instead of grabbing the familiar coaching drawer. They do not want the next Thomas Doll or a candidate like Slomka. Schlaudraff: "At the end of the day, it's all about quality. We want to make the best possible decision for the club. "
Half a dozen names are still on the internal list, with some of the candidates already in talks. Casting boss is Schlaudraff, it is only Martin Kind. The professional boss has to accept the coach's decision at the end. Schlaudraff: "I am responsible for sports and also for how the performance of the coach is evaluated. Nevertheless, Martin Kind decides in the end. "
The candidates: Wolf, Zorniger and Co.
The sporting director wishes for the next coach, "that the durability is hopefully much longer than that of Mirko Slomka. The decision should be such that the club has long-term sporting success. "96 therefore does not want to be rushed too much, you have the international break on his side. It is clear: The Slomka replacement should be no later than mid-next week, happy sooner. If it fits.
One who has experience but still fits into the fresh profile is Hannes Wolf. The 38-year-old from Bochum can 2nd league, he rose with Stuttgart and with the Hamburger SV almost. Since summer he is without a club. Or is it another Alexander? Former Leipzig coach Alexander Zorniger (52, most recently Brøndby Copenhagen) is high on the 96 list. There was a meeting with Schlaudraff at the beginning of the week kicker First reported on the talks.
Outsider chances are also attributed to Daniel Meyer, who last trained in Aue. Curious: Although he flew there already in the summer of office, but dissolved only this week on the contract. The 40-year-old should also be a candidate in Nuremberg. Kenan Kocak (38, formerly Sandhausen) was in the lead in coaching in the summer and fits into the profile, is behind SPORTSBUZZER info this newspaper but not in the narrow favorite circle.