Florigone! Former Werder Bremen head coach leaves Eupen ahead of crucial relegation play-offs

Following Eupen’s 4-0 defeat away to Standard Liege on Saturday, head coach Florian Kohfeldt has decided to leave the club. In a press release from the club following the game, Kohfeldt said he made the decision for personal and sporting reasons, saying that he hopes his decision will help the team in avoiding relegation during the play-offs. This comes despite the side having won their first game seven last time out against Sint-Truiden.

However, with Standard having nothing to play for, the result was pretty damning for Eupen. It was reminiscent of the sides capitulation against Club Brugge last season. The stakes were higher then, with the side losing 7-0 on the final day of the season despite needing a point to stay up. Thankfully, the other Brugge side came to their rescue by beating Zulte Waregem late on.

It was clear from the club’s statement that they hoped the former Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg head coach would remain in charge for the play-offs. Investment in the playing squad has been almost non-existent this season, with the side relying on signing free agents from the Bundesliga and other Belgian sides. With crucial games coming up, the club must now scramble to find a replacement that gives them some chance of remaining in the top flight. It seems unlikely, and some might argue that Kohfeldt has jumped ship before the inevitable.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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