Germany Hockey Federation have made the shock announcement that their coach, Stefan Kermas, has resigned with immediate effect.
The Federation made the news public on their social media channels, as well as their website, on Friday.
This is largely after Germany finished fourth at the recently concluded Euro Hockey Championship tournament in Belgium.
The German men’s hockey team who are ranked seventh in the world, have not had a great run in the last one year. They finished fifth at the Hockey World Cup 2018 in India, and finished sixth at the FIH Pro League 2019.
After a joint analysis of the tournament, the 40-year-old actively offered his resignation to the association.
“Since it has not been possible to implement the goals we have set, I have decided to step down. I wish the DHB and above all the team every success for the future, “said Kermas.
After intensive talks between Stefan Kermas and sports director Heino Knuf, the German Hockey Federation accepted the resignation offer.
“The association and the German hockey Stefan have incredibly much to thank,” said Knuf.
“He has won nearly all international titles in the coaching team with Markus Weise and the men’s team. That’s why saying goodbye is not easy. Just as we value Stefan’s technical expertise, we believe in the potential of this generation of players. Such a change in the national coaching position is very rare in our sport, but perhaps creates the necessary impetus, which is important for the team eleven months before the Olympics.” Knuf said.
The association is now looking for a suitable candidate, with the team in early November in Mönchengladbach qualifying for the Olympic Games in 2020 can wrap up and then put the direction of Tokyo the necessary impetus in the team, to to bring them closer to their own claim to being a medal candidate.