FSV Mainz 05 has responded to the ongoing misery in the Bundesliga by separating from coach Jan Siewert. The penultimate team, which has not won eleven games, released the 41-year-old on Monday - he was only in office for three months. Siewert's successor will be presented on Tuesday afternoon, as the Rheinhessen announced.
“Unfortunately, we now see the change in the coaching position as a necessary step in order to be able to bring about a positive turnaround,” said sports director Christian Heidel before the next game against FC Augsburg on Saturday (3:30 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga and at Sky). Siewert initially followed Bo Svensson as interim coach at the beginning of November. Shortly before Christmas, he received a contract until June 30, 2026.
Apart from his first game (2-0 against RB Leipzig), the former coach of Mainz's second team did not win a game and drew six times. After the 1:3 at VfB Stuttgart on Sunday, FSV sports director Martin Schmidt avoided making a commitment to Siewert and announced a detailed analysis. “We will sit down together calmly and see what the next steps are. We have to change something, that’s clear,” said the Swiss. “It is clear that we cannot continue playing like this. We need victories.”
The Mainz team is threatened with their first fall from the upper house since their promotion in 2009. They are already nine points behind the first non-relegation place, which Union Berlin occupies. There is a four point gap to the relegation place with 1. FC Köln. The 05ers have had great coaches like Jürgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel in the past. But even Svensson, who saved Mainz from relegation in 2021 and then finished the season eighth in the table, did not become a permanent solution.