The shock could not have been deeper: after losing the derby against eltmann, captain peter wolf and his brother georg announced to the hammelburg volleys via whatsapp that they were quitting their cooperation. Now the match against blue volleys gotha (saturday, 8pm) is coming up. And head of department matthias benner talks in an interview about human exchanges, the consequences of wolf’s farewell and an extremely important bundesliga match. Mr. Benner, the announcement of the wolf brother was spectacular, via whatsapp message. Where are they now? Matthias benner: we don’t know. Probably they are pushing their teaching studies in frankfurt. The announcement was a shock, wasn’t it??Honestly, I had expected more maturity, team spirit and a personal conversation. This is not the way young adult men who are about to finish their teaching degree treat others. This has nothing to do with team solidarity and team sports. Especially as team captain. This position peter wanted with all his might. The club was worth the announcement only a short message. Although the captain goes.We have deliberately kept a low profile in terms of media and publicity. We don’t know what the reason for the resignation was.
But hand on heart: can’t you imagine why the wolf brothers left??The real reason is probably that little wolf (georg, d.R.) has played too little this season. In addition, peter wolf was recently not allowed to play the diagonal position on the far right that he wanted. The wolf brothers have missed a lot of the preparation because of the beach volleyball season. In this one, it turned out that the game works very well with oscar benner as diagonal attacker – which is peter wolf’s favorite position. The idea of the coach was to put wolf as a blocker against the strongest player of the opponent. He was obviously unhappy with that. Now the announcement is effective. Or does the club see it differently?The wolf brothers still have a contract with us until the end of the season, so until 30. April 2019. A notice in the practiced form is not entitled to them at all. Such a thing would only be possible in special cases, for example if the club went insolvent. The contracts are valid and provide for contractual penalties and claims for damages if they are not fulfilled. Even if we still move in the amateur area. But so far the club has not made use of it. That is, the wolf brothers can not simply play for another club?If the club management agreed, they could transfer, which would entail a three-month suspension. But there is no willingness to do so and there is no request from the players or from another club. How did the team react to the departure?? Printed mood prevails?The mood in the team is actually solved, also because the constant quarrels have stopped. The players got together when the resignation of wolfe was announced. They have no understanding for it, have seen it as a selfish move. Now let’s be specific: who will replace the wolf-bruder in the game?Georg wolf had this season anyway only sporadic einsatze. On this position is moritz rauber set. The departure of peter wolf actually creates a problem for us, both diagonally and on the left wing. With moritz zeitler and felix bendikowski we have possibilities to replace peter wolf adequately. Nevertheless, a clear monitoring can not be explained away.This is not so much due to the quality of the team, but rather to the breadth of the squad. There should already be twelve to fourteen players of equal caliber in training. We have added the brothers lukas and david baden. They have always been part of the training sessions; now they are a permanent part of the team. They always do better. Even if it is currently not enough for a regular place in the second bundesliga. There are many who say that the relegation of the wolf brothers from the second division is as good as sealed.I do not see it that way. Yes, the wolves, especially peter, are a strength for every second league team when they are fit. And yes, it will be a difficult task to keep the class, also because of the good promoted mimmenhausen and gotha. But we believe that the team is intact, perhaps more than before the departure of the brothers. We had to bring the preparation also without the two behind us and had good successes. The rest of the squad remains good enough for the second league. But I expect a reaction against gotha. Have you considered bringing in replacements for the wolf brothers from outside the team??We are not actively looking for reinforcement at the moment. Until christmas we want to try it in any case with the current squad. If things don’t go well in the meantime, or if two of our regular players are seriously injured, we will have to react and spend money. But once again, i have every confidence that our current team can hold its own in the league.
Do they see karl kaden as a coach after the quarrels tarnished?No, not even in the team. The department management stands behind the coach and his decisions. I believe we have acted correctly. By the way, karl was even willing to give peter wolf back his favorite position and put oscar benner back in the middle blocker position. The brothers have destroyed this approach with their decision. How did the environment, especially the sponsors, react to the conflict??There were questions, which our sponsoring representative frank jansen answered. The support of our gonners is different. They want to support mass sports and keep competitive sports in the region. You stand by us in good times and bad. They did not ask for professional replacements for the wolfs.Their decision was seen as selfish and not team-oriented. Fear lasting image damage for the club?That is a question of success. Saturday’s game against gotha will play a key role in this respect. Like mimmenhausen and fellbach, this team has six points, we have ten. If we win, the world is in order. Then 95 percent of the observers will say the club did everything right. If we lose, it will hail criticism. Many will say: how could you let the wolf brothers go?. But what choice did we have? The interview was conducted by steffen standke gotha’s robert werner is looking forward to meeting his former international colleagues
The opponent from 2010 to 2012 the team from thuringia still played in germany’s elite league, but then had to make a new start in the regional league for financial reasons. Six years later, the blue volleys in the 2. Volleyball-bundesliga fights back and signs five new players against the third league. From the current 11. You should by no means be blinded by the thuringians’ league position, as coach jorg schulz’s team consistently faced league heavyweights at the start of the season. A tie-break defeat against champions grafing, the victory in the cup against eltmann and most recently the 3:1 against russelsheim testify to the fact that the hammelburg volleys are welcoming a strong opponent.
The reunion is not only due to his powerful serve and attack, one player of the guests is especially looking forward to the match: for the 19-year-old eagle attacker robert werner, the match in hammelburg is almost something like a classic meeting, the former national youth player played last year at the volleyball boarding school in frankfurt, where he hunted for points together with the young volleys hannes krochmann, luca dierks, and nils rehmeier. "Of course i am looking forward to the reunion with the other guys from frankfurt and the great atmosphere in hammelburg. On the pitch we will not give anything away and want to reward our rising form with the next victory. Hammelburg had a long break and an unscheduled squad change, so the guys are difficult to assess. We expect a competitive, exciting game at eye level against a strong opponent", according to werner.Olly