With a three-game losing streak, FCK have played for direct promotion. FCK can still make the leap to the 2nd Bundesliga thanks to relegation against Dynamo Dresden. Is coach Marco Antwerpen’s time still up?
Monday morning training started as usual. FCK manager Marco Antwerpen was on the pitch. FCK have no matches at the weekend, as opponent Türkgücü Monaco said goodbye to the match in the 3rd division. So FCK still has one week to prepare for relegation, but also more time to discuss whether Marco Antwerpen is still the right manager.
Signals around the Betzenberg sound after the replacement of the manager
A decision can be made quickly. Because the signals that are sent around the Betzenberg sound like detachment. In an interview with SWR Sport, FCK sporting director Thomas Hengen criticized the team’s performance in the 2-0 defeat at Viktoria Köln, especially after Eintracht Braunschweig lost 3-2 to Meppen on the day first. 8,000 fans traveled to Cologne with them. “Full house, so many fans, that sadly we disappointed today. Okay, it was a disappointment, especially the way we performed,” said Hengen.
The coach is responsible for the performance. And for the attitude on the pitch, Hengen also sees deficits there: “You can see that the body language is no longer the same: the willingness to run and work. Which is amazing when you are driven by the fans, by the results.”
How much is the coach’s confession worth?
In the press conference before the match against Viktoria Köln, Antwerp made a clear commitment to the team. The boys – as Antwerp call their players – deserve to be called “team”. The draw in the derby against Waldhof Mannheim outnumbered and the victory in the derby against 1. FC Saarbrücken speak in favor, but the last three games: against it.