Frankfurt Universe has dispensed with a Start in a shortened season, the German Football League (GFL). How do you feel as a head coach without opportunities for himself and his Team?
We have come to terms with the Situation more or less. You ask yourself now: What is feasible? We lead with our trainers currently many discussions and Off-Season work out program, we are then ideally positioned for 2021. From August onwards, it is allowed to train in the state of Hesse, Yes again full, so we will have to adapt, and then you have to wait to see if a Seven-on-Seven tournament or even a friendly match is possible.
Are you and the players have been involved in the decision making?
Yes, we have made a survey in June in the Team. 60 percent of the players voted to play. The Rest of the team was undecided or against it. Of course, we have incorporated in our decision-making process. The players have to fight as Amateurs also with the everyday life, be it family, short-time working or other things. We just have to accept. You may not be some players angry, if you now enjoy for the first Time in ten years, a free summer. Personally, I was involved in all the conversations.
How has it taken your team?
We have well communicated our reasons and organisational set-up, a sporting and a financial point of view presented, which make it very difficult to start in such a season. Although we are able to train from August to recover fully, but I have always said that we need at least six weeks of unrestricted Training, to prepare us for a season to properly fit. But even with the Background that the team brings to the table before all of the athletic and physical conditions. This was due to closed gyms, and the Corona-restrictions, unfortunately, not possible.FAZ.NET completely
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With the skeptical attitude test, which relates to a start to the season, was the Universe in the League, not necessarily an exceptional case.
It was internal early on, many Teams do not compete with high probability, that many of the teams have the same problems as we do. And that it has for these teams is no sense to compete. You must also ask yourself, what has a sporty sense of such a season. And you have to see the total package of problems: health, economic, organizational. The biggest Problem is the quarantine is. If someone is infected, he must be in quarantine. This is excluded for an Amateur team like ours, completely. And you have to imagine that at one of our games, a Hotspot of infection is detected. Then there is perhaps tough measures – and because of the Frankfurt Universe. There are too many questions are open. But there are no answers.
the League and the Association?
There is no elaborated concept of Hygiene as in other leagues. We have not been asked to the side. What is not acceptable. It was clear pretty early on that the majority of the GFL clubs don't want to play under these conditions. And then it was painted by the League, this is the image that the GFL Teams would be ready for this season. This was simply not true. Since the Association has failed, unfortunately, to take Fears and Concerns and to answer questions such as: How and how often the players are tested? Who bears the cost? What happens if the season may not be played at the end? We have received no answers.
there have also been critical voices on the Team?
signaled to all that you understand the reasons. We have to understand given all that, we won't put any obstacles in the way, if you want to play for another club. A couple of import players have already decided to play in Finland, which is perfectly legitimate.Updated Date: 29 July 2020, 08:20