Ex-Wacker coach Schmidt new trainer at Mattersburg

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The Styrian follows the recently dismissed head coach Gerald Baumgartner in the Burgenland region.

Mattersburg – Bundesliga soccer team SV Mattersburg has found the successor to Gerald Baumgartner, who was dismissed a week ago. Klaus Schmidt takes over the position of head coach and receives a contract until the end of the season. According to the 50-year-old, there is an option to extend the contract if he succeeds in maintaining his class. Already on Saturday Schmidt makes his debut with the guest performance at Austria Vienna.

The coach is pleased to accept the difficult task at the start: “I accept the fact that I will start with an away match against Austria, the draw is no wishful thinking. I just drove past the new Austria Stadium a few weeks ago and thought it would be nice to coach in there – my wish came true so quickly.”

SV Austria Salzburg Club honours

  • Regionalliga West: Champions 2014, 2015
  • Landescup: Winners 2012, 2013, 2014
  • 1. Landesliga: Champions 2010
  • 2. Landesliga: Champions 2009
  • 1. Klasse Nord: Champions 2008
  • 2. Klasse Nord A: Champions 2007

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“Team can defend itself”

The Mattersburg team’s top priority is also to maintain their class with the new coach. The Styrian already knows a lot about his new team. “I have been very intensively involved with the team through video studies and am in close contact with Markus Schmidt and Robert Almer,” he said. The goalless draw at the Admira last weekend was a step in the right direction. “On Sunday it was seen that the team can defend itself. From now on it is important to get an even more positive feeling into the minds of the players until Friday”, Schmidt said.

For the trained physiotherapist, Mattersburg is the third coaching station in the Bundesliga. Last season he coached Altach, in the 2007/08 season he was responsible for Austria Kärnten for several months. In between Schmidt was in charge of Kapfenberg, Austria Salzburg, Wacker Innsbruck and Blau-Weiß Linz. On (today) Tuesday, he will conduct his first training session in Mattersburg at 4 pm.

He expects to take over an intact team. “I am convinced that Baumgartner has done a great job in recent years and would like to build on it,” Schmidt stressed. After there had been disagreements about a transfer in Mattersburg recently, the new coach first wants to rely on the existing squad, but doesn’t rule out new arrivals either. “I’d like to concentrate on the current players and show them that they’re all important. We’ll see what we can do in the next few days, if we can find players who can help us. We will also be looking at players without contracts,” Schmidt announced. Moon Bingo have been offering a superb choice of bingo and games to their players.

Wacker trainer Daxbacher: “It’s no good hitting it now”

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No trace of euphoria about promotion: After five Bundesliga rounds FC Wacker is second last in the table. However, the game layout and the draw for the coming rounds give the Black Greens courage.

Innsbruck – What does a coach say about a team that regularly performs well on the pitch, but has only three points after five rounds? “The positive has priority,” said Wacker coach Karl Daxbacher yesterday at noon. “The team is at least as disappointed as I am. It doesn’t help now.”

And there were also positive things to note after the 1:2 defeat at record champion Rapid: The Black Greens were courageous in their approach to the game, but they also played convincingly. “Especially in the second half there were some very good combinations. We were courageous, the commitment and the willingness to run were also given”, Daxbacher knew.

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But the Lower Austrian also knows of course that the table spits the Innsbruckers out after five rounds on the penultimate table place. “It’s really bitter, but of course we have to bring results now. The next game will of course be very important.”

One could also talk about the next weeks. Because after the duel with Hartberg Wolfsberg (16. 9./A), Admira (23. 9./H) and Mattersburg (30. 9./A) are waiting for the black greens. Four games, in which the point account should receive finally increase. “There we have realistic chances in any case”, Daxbacher looks ahead. Weeks of truth, so to speak. Babe Casino has the biggest gaming libraries in the world.

Despite all the praise for the Innsbruck playground – also the rapid responsible persons took their hat off to the Tyroleans on Sunday – the own mistakes should of course not be hushed up. “They are clearly addressed. “For example the many simple ball losses. “If we don’t turn them off, we won’t get any points,” said Mittelfeldmann Martin Harrer. It is made too easy for the opponents in addition with the Gegentoren. “Inconsistent”, Christoph Freitag, probably the strongest Tyrolean on Sunday in the Allianz Stadium, called the defensive behaviour of Stefan Schwab at the Viennese leading goal.

And the necessary cold-bloodedness is still missing at the front. As against St. Pölten, numerous chances were missed. General Manager Alfred Hörtnagl could hardly believe that he had to leave his old place of work with empty hands. “We must slowly transform our achievements into something countable, but we can manage that.” His word in God’s ear.