Thomas Reis was the first to be fired this season with Gerardo Seoane becoming the second Bundesliga coach to lose his job. With VfB Stuttgart struggling at the foot of the table rumour has it that the Swabians are already lining up possible replacements for under-pressure trainer Pellegrino Matarazzo.
This weekend was supposed to be the make-or-break matchday to decide the future of Bayer Leverkusen trainer Gerardo Seoane, but the Werkself decided to fire him after Tuesday’s Champions League defeat to Porto. It could however be a turning point for VfB Stuttgart and their US coach Pellegrino Matarazzo should the result against league leaders Union Berlin go against the Swabians.
Despite Stuttgart sitting 16th in the table at the moment, the club have publicly backed the coach. Sporting director Sven Mislintat recently promised an extensive analysis of the poor start to the season but stressed that “Matarazzo is not part of this analysis. We are a club that always has to suffer losses due to [high profile] departures. We are, I think, the second youngest team in Europe. There will always be phases like this. And we can get through them too.”
Words of support from the upper echelons however don’t always count for a great deal as Gerardo Seoane has found to his cost this week. Reports in Kicker Sportmagazin claim Stuttgart are already considering both Adi Hütter and Sebastian Hoeneß as potential replacements for Matarazzo. Hoeneß was sacked by Hoffenheim at the end of last season while Hütter left Borussia Mönchengladbach by mutual consent after a poor season.
The 44-year-old New Jersey-born Matarazzo is currently the Bundesliga’s third-longest serving trainer having taken charge in January 2020. How much longer he remains at the helm will come down to upcoming results starting with Union Berlin this weekend.