First Team

Separation by mutual consent

VfL Wolfsburg and Florian Kohfeldt part company.

Cheftrainer Florian Kohfeldt vom VfL Wolfsburg.

VfL Wolfsburg and head coach Florian Kohfeldt have mutually agreed to go their separate ways following intensive talks at the club. “We continued and intensified our analysis of the season on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, and ultimately we also had to ask ourselves how sustainable a further working relationship would be,” said VfL managing director Jörg Schmadtke.

“In doing so, we came to the conclusion that we would be putting ourselves under pressure right from the start, which would mean too great a burden for the team, the coach and the club. Therefore, in open and honest discussions, we jointly agreed to end our working relationship.”

Schmadtke: “We regret this development”

Schmadtke continued: “We regret this development and thank Florian Kohfeldt for helping us in a difficult situation and taking the right measures to secure our Bundesliga status. We wish him all the best and are certain that he will continue on his path as a coach.”

Kohfeldt was appointed at the end of October and secured VfL’s place in the top flight with a 1-1 draw in Stuttgart on 20 April. “I took over during a complex and difficult period with the task of stabilising the team,” Kohfeldt said.

“We had to deal with many unforeseen circumstances, especially in the second half of the season, which made this task extremely difficult. Nevertheless, together we succeeded in reaching safety three matchdays before the end of the season, and in starting a process of development. I’m happy to leave the team in a stable condition and wish the players and the whole club all the best, as well as every success in continuing on the upward trajectory we have started on.”