Felix Magath brings on Stuttgart 4-1 slaughterBy: j | May 9th, 2009
Within the coaching fraternity, Felix Magath’s decision this week to announce he is leaving the club at season’s end will be remembered for one of the most unprofessional decisions ever. While Mr. Magath is a superb coach, his decision to do so directly impacted on his sides mindset resulting in today’s 4-1 blowout loss against Stuttgart.
The storyline of the day was shared with a team, that being Markus Babbel’s Stuttgart, seizing the opportunity and playing as a collective unit against a rag-tag group knowing full-well its coach has defected. While Mr. Magath as attempted to his explain his rationale for leaving for Schalke, albeit in a highly convoluted manner, it nonetheless devastated the underpinnings of the players.
Although the match had all the makings of an “incredible battle” it was in-truth a slaughter too painful to watch and the scoreline could have resembled an friendly in July against a lower league side. Today Wolfsburg was not a first place side but merely a mid-table unit, head hung low and dissected by a club following a superb young leader in Markus Babbel. Behind Mr. Babbel, the home side filleted Wolfsburg for two goals by Mario Gómez in the first twenty minutes and despite Edin Džeko’s mark nine minutes before the break Stuttgart was in clear control. After the break Super Mario continued on with two more strikes and while Felix Magath’s ranted of his sides poor performance, he brought in on to himself.
Now the test for Wolfsburg is to unite as a team as they head down the final three matches. This isn’t such as easy examination as it will require closed-door meetings of players-only, to address the issue and find a way for internal leadership. Today’s “vote” on the pitch firmly cast that his leadership role has been rescinded and I suspect the good people of Wolfsburg will greet him with the respect he deserves on Tuesday Dortmund visits Volkswagen Arena.