New task for Flick’s ex-assistants: Röhl is supposed to save Sheffield Wednesday
Danny Röhl, Hansi Flick’s long-time assistant at FC Bayern and the DFB, is taking on a new job. It is the long-awaited head coach position as soon as the work permit in England is granted.
From the DFB to the English Championship: Danny Röhl takes over his first head coach position at Sheffield Wednesday.
We were actually supposed to go on a family vacation last week. But an hour before departure, Danny Röhl (34) received a call from England, so the football coach had to reschedule.
Sent the family on vacation – and then off to London
Röhl brought his family to Turkey and then immediately flew on to London to talk to those in charge of the English second division team Sheffield Wednesday about a commitment since Friday last week. An agreement was reached: the German football teacher and the traditional English club with its owner at the helm agreed to work together until June 30, 2025.
After his dismissal from the DFB – the association easily terminated the contract, which was valid until July 30, 2024 – Röhl sees his new job as “definitely a big challenge” and emphasizes: “I stand by courageous decisions.” Sheffield Wednesday is currently in last place in the Championship, as England’s second division is called, seven points behind in 21st place. The promoted team has not managed a win in eleven games, there have been three draws and eight defeats so far.
Returning to England was always my dream.
Röhl has nevertheless identified approaches for improvements in game and video analyzes and has already created player profiles. “The club has a great tradition,” he says, and 25,000 spectators and more come to the games. “There is a typical English atmosphere in the stadium,” said Röhl. “It was always my dream to return to England.”
Röhl’s start with Sheffield Wednesday
In the 2018/19 season, the football teacher, who also has a degree in sports science and a master’s degree in game analysis, worked under head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl at Southampton FC, so he knows the English language, which he expanded on through language courses. He will start in a team with four assistant coaches, three German and one local.
Röhl sees his next professional assignment as “the opportunity to take a good step in my career,” and the position of head coach “was always my big goal.” He is now taking on this leading role for the first time; previously he had always been active as an assistant, initially in the youth team at RB Leipzig, before Hansi Flick brought him to his side, from 2019 to 2021 at FC Bayern, then with the national team. He was released there on September 10th.
It can only be about staying in the league
It will start this Monday. The first game against Watford FC is a trend-setting one: the opponent is in 20th place with 10 points and is therefore almost within reach. Given the current constellation, it goes without saying that the only goal for Sheffield and his new manager Röhl can be to stay in the league.