German Bundesliga side Bayer 04 Leverkusen have fired Coach of Indian origin Robin Dutt after an eventful nine months in-charge of the Werksklub, the factory club as the football club belonging to the Bayer AG calls itself.
After yesterday's 0-2 loss against Dutt's former club SC Freiburg the writing was on the wall. General Manager Wolgfang Holzhäuser and Director of Sports Rudi Völler left the stands with 30 minutes of the match to go leaving German national coach Joachim Löw behind to finalise the alternative Plan B until the end of the season.
Around 11.30 CET on Sunday morning Robin Dutt himself announced the end of his short coaching stint in Leverkusen. It was a graceful exit by Dutt, who was critical about his own decisions and media interactions. Thereafter Holzhäuser said that from a human angle it was a difficult decision, but one which had to be taken from the clubs point of view.
Thereafter former Finland and Leverkusen centre-back Sami Hyypiä was named as interim team manager until the end of the season with Leverkusen's Under-19 coach Sascha Lewandowski as the coach on his side with the necessary coaching license.
Over the last few weeks one could see Robin Dutt's demission had been coming as the liaison between Bayer 04 and Robin Dutt didn't seem to work. Dutt joined Leverkusen last summer and in his first press conference said that his aim was to win the Bundesliga title with Leverkusen. A big statement knowing that Leverkusen has never won the German title.
Things started on the wrong note as Leverkusen lost their first Round German Cup (DFB Pokal) match against 2.Bundesliga side Dynamo Dresden 3-4 in extra-time after leading 3-0. In the UEFA Champions League the club did well to reach the pre-quarterfinals with the highlight being a 2-1 win against Chelsea FC, but then came the 1-7 drubbing by FC Barcelona.
In the Bundesliga the club had mixed results with the low point being a defeat against archrivals FC Cologne, while the high was a victory against Bayern Munich. But then in the last few weeks the club lost four matches in a row and their place in next seasons Europa League was suddenly in danger.
In Germany many say Dutt wasn't able to handle the stars in Leverkusen, he was better in Freiburg in bringing-up young talent. Especially the problems surrounding Michael Ballack and the fans taking sides with the former Germany captain also didn't help Dutt's standing within the club and the team.
Robin Dutt will now take time off football. But one does not have to fear about his future, then Robin Dutt maintains a lot of credibility in German football and we will see him back in the Bundesliga soon.