After a good season it’s over!
Bayer Leverkusen separates from coach Gerardo Seoane (43). The club announced this on Wednesday evening. Ex-Bayern professional Xabi Alonso (40) takes over.
BILD had already reported that after the 0:2 in Porto in the Champions League, all signs point to a divorce. Seoane himself initially knew nothing about the decision and prepared for training normally.
After his return from Portugal, he left the training ground of Leverkusen at 4.50 pm. For the last time …
The resignation stated: The bosses made no further statements about the future of the coach after the game.
Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes (40) said in the club’s statement: “Gerardo Seoane has done a great job for Bayer 04 over the past year and a half, especially qualifying for the Champions League. Unfortunately, we have strayed from the road to success. The early departure from the DFB Cup, but especially the current position in the Bundesliga, which is far below our expectations, made the change of coach absolutely necessary for us.”
Club boss Fernando Carro (58): “The divorce is not easy for us. But in our current situation, we see no other option.”
seoane had that Bundesliga side at the start of last season, Leverkusen in third place and in the Champions League led. However, in the current season, the Swiss won only two of the twelve competitive matches. The bankruptcies also include the embarrassing 3:4 in the first round of the DFB Cup in third division Elversberg.
Leverkusen already has a successor to Seoane: ex-Bayern professional Xabi Alonso takes over. After Gladbach failed in March 2021, the 2010 2008 and 2012 world and European champions (last three years as head coach at San Sebastian B) will now be Bundesliga coaches on the second attempt. He has signed a contract with Leverkusen until 2024.
Alonso has a mammoth task ahead of him in Leverkusen. In the league, the club is in 17th place with only five points from eight matches International business – actually even the Champions League – is the goal of the Rhinelanders.
In the club’s press release, Alonso is quoted as saying: “I know Leverkusen from my time in Germany as an excellent club. Bayer 04 has always had great players and I also see a lot of quality in the current squad. In my conversations with the club It quickly became clear that ambitious goals are still being pursued despite the current difficult situation. I am very excited about this task and I am sure we will deliver on this claim.”
After all: in the Champions League, the round of 16 is still within reach. Leverkusen is on the same level with Porto and Atlético in third place – only Bruges is hardly to get (nine points).
The club no longer trusts Seoane to get the curve.