Bo Svensson, the Danish coach of Mainz, last in the Bundesliga, threw in the towel, believing that he could not stay in office, the German club announced on Thursday. “It is very difficult for me to say goodbye, but I feel that the time has come,” explains the former player in a press release.
Now aged 44, the former Mainz full-back was named head coach of the club in January 2021. Mainz had just suffered ten defeats in 14 matches and occupied last place in the championship. Svensson had dropped him to 12th place at the end of the season. A “sensational recovery” which had avoided relegation to the second division, underlines the management of the club in its press release. “Mainz owes a lot to Bo, starting with the fact that we are still in the Bundesliga,” she adds.
Under his leadership, the club then finished in 8th place at the end of the 2021-22 season then in 9th place last season, honorable rankings for one of the smallest budgets in the German championship.
But since the restart, the results have no longer followed: in nine days, Mainz has not won a single match and has only taken three points. The club was also knocked out of the German Cup on Wednesday evening by Hertha Berlin, residents of the second division (3-0). The interim has been entrusted to the under-23 coach, Jan Siewert, who will prepare the reception of RB Leipzig on Saturday for the 10th day.