Gerd mauser’s start as president of vfb stuttgart was already not very promising. In his election in summer 2011, the preferred candidate of supervisory board boss dieter hundt received just 58.7 percent of the vote.
Only two years later, mauser could go down in the history of the swabian fubball league as a fubnote. The former head of marketing at porsche is threatened with retirement at the latest at the members’ meeting in the summer. The leadership crisis at the neckar appears too severe.
Clumsy in dealing with sponsors, highly contentious in personnel management — these are two of the reproaches. In view of the fierce opposition to mauser, hundt, who was little loved by the members of the stuttgart supervisory board, said: "i am very concerned about the public assessment of the vfb president."The 74-year-old wanted to think hard about easter. Before that, mauser doesn’t want to spend any more time on the job either.
Hundt did not miss the fans’ whistles during the vfb’s recent losing streak. In choruses, they demanded the resignation of the club president, who they felt had ignored the dfl’s strategy paper against violence and the dispute over the viagogo ticket brokers.
Above all, however, the "stuttgart way" propagated by mauser is causing incomprehension in the vfb environment. In mauser’s view, there is no alternative to strict consolidation of the champions league-hostile club. "I have to make compromises and, when it comes to transfer spending, of course i also have to pay attention to economic reason," the 55-year-old told the "stuttgarter nachrichten" recently.
At the same time, like supervisory board chairman hundt, he announced investments for the current bundesliga runner-up. "We will certainly spend more in the next transfer period than we did last summer," said mauser. That should not be particularly difficult. In the summer of 2012, the people of stuttgart spent 300,000 euros on the campaign.
The criticism does not leave mauser unimpressed. Last week he admitted to mistakes. "In general, we should perhaps have sold our decisions a bit more offensively. Not everything was perfectly communicated to auben," said the 55-year-old. He had perhaps underestimated the emotions and the public pressure in the professional world.
Hundt does not want to treat the situation lightly. According to media reports, he is already considering possible successors. The spokesman for stuttgart 21, wolfgang dietrich, has already waved off the idea. Among others, former manager dieter hoeneb is considered a promising candidate.
The personnel rush. Because with his then preferred candidate mauser, hundt, who probably wanted to leave the supervisory board in 2014 without any major upheaval, has also come under further criticism. A replacement for the current head of vfb is therefore expected at the latest by the next general meeting in the summer. Probably mauser must go however already before.
However, his predecessor staudt wants to mediate in this tangled situation. "If the club got into an emergency situation, i would try to help," he told the dpa news agency. "But i’m not interested in returning to my old post."The privateer, who won the club’s last championship title with stuttgart in 2007, is after all a person "who looks ahead."
The next bundesliga match on saturday against borussia dortmund almost takes a back seat. But goalkeeper sven ulreich is not worried that the fans against the german champions will be more concerned with the fuss about the president than with what is happening on the pitch. "We have a duty to get the fans back on board. A great game must make the fans realize that it’s about soccer," he said. The team is not burdened by the issue. "We have a great game ahead of us and are not concerned with things outside the company. We can’t contribute anything anyway, that’s what others are there for."