Hanover (dpa) – Werder Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt has dismissed criticism from former club greats and insists he is not thinking about quitting the relegation-threatened Bundesliga team.
“I am still the best on this position,” Kohfeldt told a virtual news conference on the eve of Saturday’s game at mid-table Friday.
Bremen are second-bottom, five points away from the relegation play-off and nine points away from safety, with nine games to play.
After Monday’s 4-1 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen – their seventh home defeat in a row – former greats including Rune Bratseth and Dieter Burdenski had questioned whether Kohfeldt was still the right man for the job.
“It hurts, it really hurts if you are criticised via the media by people who otherwise come across as friendly and jovial, but who don’t take responsibility themselves,” Kohfeldt said.
Kohfeldt said the criticism only makes him more defiant, and added has “not thought” about throwing in the towel.
Bremen sports director Frank Baumann once again backed the 37-year-old coach.
“I am convinced that Florian is the right man for this situation and that he is most likely person to keep us up,” Baumann said.