2. Bundesliga side FSV Frankfurt’s coach Benno Möhlmann has been seen at Eintracht Stadion, the home of Eintracht Braunschweig, according to Sky Sources.
Frankfurt coach spotted
The coach has managed Braunschweig twice before and is poised to take over from Torsten Lieberknecht who has left for VfB Stuttgart.
Möhlmann, 59, was seen entering the stadium from the car park outside reserved for staff only. Rumour has it that Möhlmann was meeting Sebastian Eder, chairman of Eintracht Braunschweiger TSV, to discuss a return to the now Bundesliga club. The club are yet to release a statement yet fans have sighted the coach and pictures are now going round on Twitter and on Braunschweig and Frankfurt fan sites.
Möhlmann is thought to be a good coach amongst Braunschweig fans, many of them believing him to be one of the best coaches available. One fan named Horst Coryn said to reporters that with a vast knowledge of the club he may have a positive effect on the players. Frankfurt fans seem to equally like him as a coach, with one anonymous fan saying that ‘he deserves to go back to the Bundesliga’. Former Kaiserslautern boss Franco Foda, who missed out on the VfB Stuttgart job, has also allegedly been spotted, yet there is no photographs of the man from Mainz at the Eintracht Stadion. Another man reported to be interested is captain Dennis Kruppke who has, according to rumours, asked the board for a player manager role. The player himself has denied the claims.
” I’m still young enough, I think anyway, to be playing, so that’s what I’ll be doing, no matter who the new coach will be. It won’t be me though, but I know that the board will take their time to make sure that they appoint the right person. People have been reportedly seen, entering contract negotiations, but I don’t know. I’m not a member of the board and I’m not responsible for who the new coach is. All I am here to do is play football and hope that whoever we appoint, they will let me do that and keep us in the Bundesliga.”
FSV Frankfurt have released a club statement concerning Möhlmann already, stating that if he was to leave then they ‘wish him the best’.
“FSV Frankfurt are aware of the speculation surrounding head coach Benno Möhlmann. The club can not confirm nor deny the rumours that Möhlmann is about to leave. However, the club wishes him the best for the future – be it at FSV Frankfurt or TSV Eintracht Braunschweig.”
Hamburger SV and SV Werder Bremen icon Möhlmann was born in Lohne and began his playing career in 1972 as a midfielder for his local side Blau-Weiss Lohne. In 1974 he joined Preuβen Munster and stayed at the Die Adler until 1978. He scored 27 times for Munster in the 2. Bundesliga, making 150 appearances, before leaving for SV Werder Bremen. It was here that Möhlmann would be most fondly remembered. He joined in 1978 and made 267 appearances for the Die Grun-Weissen. He also scored 46 goals for the club, from his midfield position. In October 1987, Möhlmann moved to Hamburger SV, where he played just 25 times.
Möhlmann is more well known for his managerial career, which has lasted an astonishing 24 years so far. It began where his playing career finished, at HSV, as an assistant manager to Josip Skoblar. In 1992 he became the head coach, but after 3 years in charge he was sacked and took charge at Eintracht Braunschweig for the first time, with the club in the Regionaliga. He led the team out for 56 games before leaving for SpVgg Greuther Fürth. He spent almost 3 years at Fürth, before joining Arminia Bielefeld. He managed Bielefeld until 2004, for 4 years. Afterwards he returned to Greuther Fürth, and not for the last time either. His second stint was just as long. He lasted 3 years in the Fürth hot seat, leaving in 2007 to return to Eintracht Braunschweig. After a defeat to Oberhausen that left the side in deep relegation trouble, he announced that he was to resign from his post, and was replaced by now Stuttgart manager Torsten Lieberknecht. Möhlmann had planned to retire, but he received an offer to replace Bruno Labbadia at Greuther Fürth, his 3rd spell at the Cloverleaves. He brought the club to 5th in his first season but after dropping to 15th the next year he left the club during the winter break. He then spent a year at FC Ingolstadt in the 2. Bundesliga, but was replaced by his assistant Sven Kmetsch. He joined FSV Frankfurt, his current club, in 2011.