Stéphane Richer moved leisurely to his second job. The sports Director of the Eisbären Berlin is, after the dismissal of Clement Jodoin, more recently, head coach of Berlin. On Thursday morning, he led his first unit in the corrugated sheet Palace to Hohenschönhausen. For this he had to rummage a bit in the wardrobe, his old training suit he had found, but in the end. "Just the skates are new," he said after the 90 minutes on the ice. Although the training gap was sitting a little close to some sensitive areas; it is also not as elegant as the suits, the bears Richer in the chief days. The longer the Training lasted, the more natural it was, however, for the 52-Year-old. "I just in the blood," quipped Richer.
Yet on the eve of the polar bears had after the last poor performance – just in front of a private audience – with four defeats in a row from Jodoin separated. "We have simply lost too many games and way you lose is crucial," said national player Marcel Noebels. Personally, it'll do him very sorry, because Jodoin had been a really "fine man", "but the coach is usually the one who has to take the rap."
Now to fix it so Richer, began in 2017 in Berlin, as a Co-Trainer and during his stops in Mannheim and Hamburg, already head coach. The polar bears have opted for the most obvious solution – and also the cheapest, especially since the assistants Gerry Fleming and Steffen Ziesche continue to be an integral part of the team. How long Richer will act in a dual function, he left it open: "There is no time pressure in the coach question. Of course, we do not consider all options, but we are in a panic.“ The focus is now on the team to win games and your constancy must be found.
Noebels: "Now we train under the top of the Boss"
On Thursday, Training once more train. It was much more aggressive and faster than last Jodoin. "But I have changed only little things," said Richer. This includes, for example, the switch rows of a storm. How could, then, precisely against the Augsburger Panther on Friday night in a home game in the Arena at the Ostbahnhof (start: 19.30), is Richer, however, decide only in the short term.
The players know what is required of them. "Now we must retrieve our power, it is too late and we want to get to the top. It is clear, however, that there are no more excuses,“ said Noebels. In the face of ten points behind on rank four 29 of 52 main around play is actually sufficient time in order to achieve the stated objective for the first season phase. The game against the currently fourth-placed Augsburg are of special importance since, of course – not in front of a private audience. "We finally want to break our home curse," said Noebels.More about
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Recently, it had the impression, almost, as the polar bears would want to play their hall empty. The next games around Christmas and the new year are already sold out. The more important it is that the Berlin to convince then. After all, the owner is from Los Angeles, pushes just enough frustration with his NHL Team, the LA Kings, is Yes. Marcel Noebels white: "Now we train under the top of the Boss, after that only Peter, John Lee, and then one from L. A." as far as it want to leave Berlin. It should run now finally better, would have exposed the players. It remains, however, continue to grow through, would have to be Stéphane Richer a lot of unpleasant questions like – in function as a coach and sports Director.