Blast in the regional competition: Kickers Offenbach fire coach Alexander Schmidt!

That was obvious! Kickers Offenbach from the Regionalliga Südwest and coach Alexander Schmidt go their separate ways.

Offenbach – That was obvious! Kickers Offenbach and coach Alexander Schmidt (53) go their separate ways.

Alexander Schmidt (53) was unable to lead Kickers Offenbach to the hoped-for success. © Lutz Hentschel

As the Hessians announced on their website on Wednesday, the 53-year-old trainer has been released with immediate effect.

The former coach of Dynamo Dresden only switched to OFC at the beginning of the season, but the traditional club is currently only ninth in the Regionalliga Südwest with eleven points and is therefore far behind expectations.

The ambitious fourth division team actually started the season as a promotional ambition, but the gap with league-leader SSV Ulm 1846 is already 11 points. The next defeat was against FC 08 Homburg on Saturday, after which the call for “Schmidt out” echoed through the stadium on Bieberer Berg.

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Dynamo Dresden
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“After Saturday’s game, we took the necessary time to make an intensive analysis of the situation against the background of our sporting achievements to date. We came to the conclusion that we needed a new impetus for a sporting turnaround “, explains Managing Director Matthias Georg (35) in the official statement of the club.

For now, Alfred Kaminski (58), head of the OFC academy, will take care of the team.

Alexander Schmidt (53) was the coach of Dynamo Dresden from April 2021 to March 2022 before being hired in Offenbach.

Alexander Schmidt (53) was the coach of Dynamo Dresden from April 2021 to March 2022 before being hired in Offenbach. © Lutz Hentschel

“Alfred Kaminski knows the team and the processes at OFC. He has seen many matches on the field and was immediately ready to support us in the current situation,” said Georg.

And he added: “We approach the search for a new head coach with the necessary calm and sense of proportion, as the full focus is on the next matches in the regional competition. Alfred Kaminski brings the experience to give the team the necessary stability to borrow.”

The squad can use them too, as the OFC has above average regional league kickers in former SGD forward Philipp Hosiner (33), Björn Jopek (29), Christian Derflinger (28) or ex-U21 national striker Törles Knöll (25) Kadre that Schmidt could not unite.

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Dynamo Dresden
Dynamo ranked #1 by fans, but still way below target!

This Saturday (2 pm) the Kickers will meet KSV Hessen Kassel away from home. The taillight is still waiting for its first win this season and could just be the right opponent for interim coach Kaminski and the troubled promotion candidate.

Originally posted at 1:45 PM, updated at 2:28 PM.

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