SV Werder Bremen coach, Robin Dutt could face the sack following this weekend’s home tie against 1. FC Köln.
Already this season there have been two managerial casualties in the Bundesliga and Dutt has been targeted as the next man to have his neck on the chopping block. Mirko Slomka was sacked by Hamburg near the start of the season and former Schalke boss, Jens Keller was given his marching orders earlier this month.
Dutt for the chop
The German newspaper Bild has claimed that this Saturday’s game could be the deciding match which ultimately dictates whether Dutt remains at Bremen next week. The club are currently rock bottom of the table, without a win from their opening eight games. They have also conceded the most goals in the Bundesliga – 22 already.
This includes the 6-0 thumping they received from Bayern Munich last weekend who then went on to beat Roma by the same margin in the Champions League.
Di Santo uncertain
Ex-Wigan striker, Franco Di Santo, spoke earlier this week to Bundesliga.com following their recent hammering and is finding it hard down at the bottom.
“It’s very difficult, as you can imagine,” Di Santo said.
“I don’t think anybody likes to be where we are and we’re well aware of the situation we’re in, but at the same time we’re trying to stay positive.
“We know it’s up to us to get out of there and there are still plenty of games left. The only thing we can do is keep our heads up and do as best we can in our next game.”
Dutt at Bayer
Although Dutt has previously worked at Bayer Leverkusen, his time spent there turned out more sour than sweet. At the start of the season Dutt set out high expectations after succeeding future Bayern boss, Jupp Heynckes by signalling that he wanted to turn Leverkusen into the champions following their second place finish in the previous season.
He was ultimately sacked before the end of his first season after a poor run of form that eventually left Bayer finishing fifth and missing out on the Champions League. That season in Europe, Dutt and his team experienced a thrashing at the hands of FC Barcelona - 7-1 in the knockout stages. This defeat marked the end of Dutt’s tenure.
Jens Keller has just fallen off the Bundesliga bandwagon and so if the job at Bremen opens up then the former Royal Blues boss might be keen to jump back on. He managed 77 games with his last side and won 46.75% of his matches in charge.
Former FSV Mainz 05 coach, Thomas Tuchel is also in the running along with ex-Stuttgart coach, Huub Stevens who have both been out of management since the end of the last campaign.