German coaches show support for Rangnick

German Football
By German Football September 23, 2011 09:37

German coaches show support for Rangnick

Bundesliga coaches expressed surprise and understanding on Thursday for the decision by Ralf Rangnick to resign as Schalke coach because of exhaustion.

Germany coach Joachim Loew said the decision by the 53-year-old coach was “courageous and right.”

In a statement through the German football federation, Loew said: “It shows strength when you sense the batteries are empty and you admit it openly.

“As surprising as his reaction is for everybody it is consistent because he has made it clear that health comes above everything. I wish Ralf a swift recovery.”

Rangnick, who took over at Schalke in March from the sacked Felix Magath, said Thursday he did not have the energy necessary to help the team and needed a break.

Magath, now with Wolfsburg, said Rangnick deserved the “highest respect” for his decision. “I admire Ralf Rangnick for taking this step,” he said.

Mainz coach Thomas Tuchel said: “I am not at all surprised that Bundesliga coaches are prone to this manager illness. It is also important for me to discipline myself and be aware of the importance of mental and emotional regeneration.”

Bayer Leverkusen coach Robin Dutt said it was important to take time out and have people close to you who can spot the danger signs.

“We must all accept that football is not the most important thing in the world,” he said.

Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said he had got to know and respect Rangnick as “an extremely committed” and “super-ambitious” coach. “The media should not make such a big thing out of it and let him recover in peace,” he said.

German football has become more aware of the issue of depression and burnout in the game following the death of Hanover keeper Robert Enke who committed suicide in November 2009. Enke, who was Germany’s No 1 keeper, had been in treatment for depression.

Earlier this month, Hanover reserve keeper Markus Miller was admitted to a clinic to be treated for early symptoms of burnout.

DFB president Theo Zwanziger told Bild daily in its edition to appear Friday that perhaps Enke’s fate and the discussions that followed have “very slightly changed” attitudes in professional football.

“Perhaps weaknesses and illnesses are being tolerated and respected more than they were nearly two years ago,” he said.

German Football
By German Football September 23, 2011 09:37
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