Former VfB Stuttgart manager Huub Stevens has admitted that he is keeping close tabs on the situation regarding Werder Bremen coach Robin Dutt.
It has been reported that Stevens, who managed to save the Swabians from relegation last season, is being lined up as a replacement for Dutt.
One in, one out
The River Islanders are currently rock bottom of the Bundesliga and have yet to win any of their last eight opening games.
Indeed, Bremen have only managed to secure a mere four points out of a possible 24 on offer, but nevertheless are only two points from safety.
However, the Green and Whites have already conceded an eye-watering 22 goals, coincidently the second highest amount shipped by any team within Europe’s five major leagues.
“I appreciate Robin Dutt, and I hope that he is able to turn a corner and get the best out of his team." - Huub Stevens
Indeed, the club’s 6-0 defeat away to Bayern Munich on Saturday set an unwanted record, with Werder Bremen becoming the first side to play 90 minutes of Bundesliga football without registering a single shot on goal.
With a team stripped of confidence and with a manager running out of ideas, Bremen are strong favourites to suffer their first relegation to the second tier of German football in 34 years.
Next at home for the River Islanders on Friday is FC Köln who last Saturday provided a shock by beating struggling Borussia Dortmund 2-1.
One more chance
It has already been reported that Bremen will give Dutt one more chance to save his job, and it is inconceivable to say that a defeat would surely end the 49-year-old’s 14 month tenure at the club.
Even if the Weserstadion outfit were to secure their first victory of the season against FC Köln there are rumours that Dutt will still lose his job, with Dutchman Stevens already placed on stand-by.
However, despite strong reports linking Stevens with the Werder Bremen job the experienced 60-year-old manager is hoping that Dutt will be able to turn the problematic situation at the Weserstadion around.
The former Schalke 04 manager has also insisted that there has been no contact made between his representatives and the Bundesliga basement boys.
Speaking to German newspaper Bild, Stevens said: “I appreciate Robin Dutt, and I hope that he is able to turn a corner and get the best out of his team. There is no contact between Werder Bremen and me at the moment.”
Since guiding VfB Stuttgart to Bundesliga safety last season, the 60 year old feels that he is in the right mind-set to return to the world of football having had five months to recover after turbulent spells in both Germany and Greece.
Even if Stevens was not to get the Werder Bremen job, the Sittard-born manager insists that he will happily wait until he receives an offer from another Bundesliga club.
The optimistic Dutchman went on to say: “After a turbulent year in Greece and Stuttgart I realised that I had to take time off in order to recover. This is over now. I am feeling well and I am ready for an offer from the Bundesliga.”