Football coaches have rarely secure jobs. The head coach positions at some clubs are even considered a real ejection seat. Dismissals often come completely unannounced, often the successor is already on the mat. But there are cases that make even the most stubborn fan shock. Or at least ask for a mischievous grin. Curtain up for the most blatant coach layoffs in world football!
5th place: Felix Magath (Fulham FC)
It is well known that “Quälix” dragged Fulham FC men not so long ago in south-west London. In 2014 he relegated with the Cottagers and he also messed up the second division start with seven games without a win. The former Wolfsburg and Munich master maker fell into disrepute, however, primarily due to bizarre recommendations after injuries to his players. Brede Hangeland, for example, said Magath advised him to treat a knee injury with cheese. In defense, Magath said, “I only suggested that it might be worth applying Quark to the injured area.” Such a cheese.
4th place: Vladica Petrovic (FK Drina Zvornik)
Usually, coaches are informed of the separation in personal conversations. It is unpleasant to receive the message of the dismissal by SMS – this is what happened to Peter Pacult at the Slovenian club NK Zavr. Bosnian Drina Zvornik made it even uglier. They fired their coach Vladica Petrovic unscrupulously via Facebook post. Petrovic dryly commented on the public post with “Thanks for the message”.
3rd place: Massimiliano Riccini (Invictasauro Grosseto)
This release was really not to be expected. The coach of the Italian youth team Invictasauro was fired in November 2019 after a 27-0 victory of his charges against Marina Calcio. The club announced: “This result is not in line with the values of youth football. The opponent must always be respected and that did not happen that day. So next time after the seventh goal stop and let the opponent score another honor. ” Coach Riccini had to take off his hat.
2nd place: Victor Sánchez del Amo (Málaga CF)
At the beginning of the year, the Spanish second division club Málaga CF suspended his coach Sánchez del Amo for officially “disciplinary reasons”. A few days earlier, a sex video with footage of the coach had been distributed online. Sánchez del Amo claims that he was blackmailed in connection with the video, which is said to have been made without his consent. “MCF tried its best to resolve the situation by mutual agreement with Victor Sanchez del Amo,” said the club. However, the talks with the coach failed, the 43-year-old had to go.
1st place: Toni Schumacher (Fortuna Köln)
The dismissal of the former international keeper Schumacher was legendary. The “Tünn” was released in 1999 as Fortuna Köln coach during the half-time break. When the score was 0-2 against Waldhof Mannheim, the former national goalkeeper clashed violently with club president Jean Löring. “As a club, I had to react,” said Löring, who was on the bench in the second half.