The answer is simple and every Werder Bremen fan the world over knows it; if manager Robin Dutt keeps his job until the end of the season then the River Islanders will be relegated from the Bundesliga.
Werder Bremen, often referred to as the “Giants of the North” are in a terrible state, and despite having a squad with a maximum value of €62million, you could argue that the Green and Whites wouldn't look out of place in a Sunday league division.
Robin Dutt’s side are yet to win this season, and have only managed to secure four draws, despite scoring an avalanche of goals. Indeed, Werder Bremen have been formidable in front of goal this season, with their ten goals coincidently matching that of fifth place side, FSV Mainz 05.
However be under no dissolution that Bremen are a lean, mean fighting machine, with their inability to defend for their lives costing them their place in the same limelight shared by that of Mainz.
The River Islanders have conceded an eye-watering 16 goals in just seven Bundesliga games this season, four more than 16th place VfB Stuttgart and six more than league minnows, SC Paderborn.
The most worrying thing is that, Dutt who took over from long-standing manager, Thomas Schaaf in June 2015, is oblivious to the problem facing the four times Bundesliga champions.
If things continue to way they are currently going at Weserstadion outfit, then the club’s board can throw any plans of building a new super-dooper stadium down the toilet, with Bremen more than likely to be flushed into the second tier of German football come May.
Dutt doesn't look like he has a clue anymore, neither does the club’s porous defence and neither does the board who are firm believers of giving their players and manager a chance.
However, things do not need to be so negative and gruesome that the only thing left to do is for Bremen fans to dig out their DVD’s of the clubs 2003-04 double winning season, and weep in a dark and lonely corner.
What must be done
Bremen president, Klaus-Dieter Fischer, and the rest of the board, need to sack the 49-year-old manager before things get hairy, with player and fan revolt already reaching boiling point.
Fischer and everyone involved with the club would have no doubt been envious of what Schalke 04 achieved on Tuesday morning, when the club made the right decision to sack Jens Keller, who, like Dutt, could not hoist the club to their deserved grandeur.
The Gelsenkirchen outfit now have a manager who not only has what it takes to win major trophies but indeed the mentality to create enough harmony at Schalke to last a life-time.
Bremen are in need of a similar figure who is up to the vigorous challenge of turning the club back into the team they were when the River Islanders were challenging Bayern Munich for both domestic and European ambitions.
If Werder were to find the right sort of manager who had the patience, enthusiasm and the wealth of experience to turn mission impossible into mission probable then there is no reason why the Greens and Whites can’t turn their dreadful start to the season around.
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