The German Bundesliga is famous for its drama both on and off the field. Even in recent years, when there has admittedly not been much of a title race, there has been plenty of spectacle to draw in the masses.
But with all of that said, the drama we are witnessing this season, surpasses much of that of previous years. The 2016/17 season has not yet reached its halfway point, but the events of the last several months have already cost five coaches their jobs.
Now two of the clubs that made these changes, are beginning to restructure their front offices as well, after having fired powerful alpha-male executives in recent days.
Klaus Allofs had been the face of VfL Wolfsburg for the last four years as its sporting director. But after a miserable start to the season and a coaching change that seems to have made things on the field even worse, Allofs’ superiors, connected to the automobile giant Volkswagen, sacked him.
According to the sports magazine” Kicker”, one of the main contenders to fill the vacant position is Horst Heldt. He is a fairly competent man, who had major problems leading Schalke 04 (his most recent employer), however.
Another issue with that choice is that Hamburger SV, the other club under reconstruction is also reportedly interested in his services.
Hamburg recently replaced their CEO, Dietmar Beiersdorfer with former longtime Eintracht Frankfurt boss, Heribert Bruchhagen and they want a new sporting director at the latter’s side. Heldt is likely at or near the top of that list as well.
On the field, Bayern Munich currently leads the league on goal differential, but they are the only major Bundesliga team that is not struggling in it.
The emergence of RB Leipzig continues to divide the German soccer nation. The other small clubs near the top are also sure to keep the Bundesliga interesting.