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Handball Bundesliga club HSG Wetzlar has reacted to the sporting decline and fired head coach Benjamin Matschke.

Wetzlar – The handball Bundesliga club HSG Wetzlar has released head coach Benjamin Matschke with immediate effect. The supervisory board, management and sporting director came to this decision after 13 match days with nine defeats in the handball Bundesliga. After the 28:30 loss to HSV Hamburg and the fifth home defeat of the season, those responsible saw the need to act late on Saturday evening. HSG Wetzlar is currently 15th in the table with 7:19 points.

“We didn’t take the decision to release Ben Matschke lightly. However, we are concerned about the overall development and stabilization of the team over the past few weeks. Not least after the home game against Hamburg, we lack the conviction that a necessary turnaround can be achieved in the current constellation,” says HSG Managing Director Björn Seipp. »We have overall responsibility for HSG Wetzlar and want to achieve our goals, which as of today can only mean staying up. Therefore, in the overall assessment, we came to the conclusion that we need a new impetus.«

Out after 507 days: Benjamin Matschke is no longer coach of the handball Bundesliga team HSG Wetzlar after the 28:30 against HSV Hamburg. © IMAGO

Handball Bundesliga: “No hasty shots” at HSG Wetzlar – successor to coach Matschke open

Benjamin Matschke took over the position of head coach at HSG Wetzlar at the beginning of last season and led the team to seventh place in his first season, despite a significantly weaker second half of the season. Hanna Huber, who Matschke brought along as a mental trainer when he took office, was released from her duties with immediate effect.

Benjamin Matschke’s tasks will be taken over by the sporting director Jasmin Camdzic and the previous assistant coach Filip Mirkulovski on an interim basis. The search for a new head coach has begun. “There won’t be any quick fixes here, though. We will sound out the market very carefully«, says Björn Seipp.

The people of Central Hesse had extended the contract with head coach Ben Matschke early this summer until June 30, 2025 and entrusted the 40-year-old with a personnel change and an extreme rejuvenation of the squad. Both sides will have to agree on the dissolution modalities in the coming days. (ra/jl)

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