After the 1-0 defeat to Union Berlin, VfB Stuttgart reacted to the ongoing scoreless streak and let coach Pellegrino Matarazzo go. The Swabians confirmed this on Monday evening.
Matarazzo’s contract would run until 2024. A successor was not initially named. It is still unclear who will sit on the bench on Saturday in the basement duel with the bottom team VfL Bochum (3:30 pm).
Still without a win this Bundesliga season
Under Matarazzo, there have been five draws and four defeats in nine Bundesliga games so far this season, with the last three games lost.
At VfB Stuttgart a decision has been made: Coach Pellegrino Matarazzo has been released. Everything has to be different with this coach. The opinion of Günther Schroth.
Mislintat: ‘We are convinced that the break is inevitable’
“After a thorough analysis of last season, when, as we know, we were only able to secure relegation at the last minute, we started the new season with high expectations. Unfortunately, the results so far have not met these expectations .” We have now reached a point where we are convinced that the divorce from Rino is inevitable,” said VfB sports director Sven Mislintat.
“VfB owes a lot to Pellegrino Matarazzo,” says CEO Alexander Wehrle. He met Mislintat and the club’s new agent, Sami Khedira, at the club’s grounds on Monday. “In the end, however, we have come to the conclusion that a change in coaching position is needed to reverse the trend after the negative results of recent weeks.”
Matarazzo: “I will be eternally grateful”
“Our journey together at VfB is coming to an end,” said Matarazzo himself. “They were intense and wonderful years with many incredible moments and memories that will stay with me forever. I will be eternally grateful for the opportunity here to gain a foothold in the coaching business.”
In January 2020, Matarazzo took over the then second-tier Swabia as Tim Walter’s successor and led VfB back to the Bundesliga. In his first Bundesliga season, he reached ninth place in the ranking with Stuttgart. In the following season, VfB saved itself to 15th place in the ranking on the last day of play, avoiding the third relegation in six years.