Xabi promises better football in 2023, Wehrle gives timetable for decisions on Wimmer and Mislintat

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Xabi promises better football in 2023, Wehrle gives timetable for decisions on Wimmer and Mislintat
Speaking at his post-match press conference, Bayer 04 Leverkusen head-coach Xabi Alonso promised that his side would continue their upward trend once league play resumes in 2023. 

VfB Stuttgart sporting CEO Alexander Wehrle, meanwhile, covered a timetable for major administrative decisions when speaking to Sky Germany after the full-time whistle. 

“I was a bit nervous before the game,” the gaffer conceded at his post-match presser, “We were in a somewhat precarious position after the win against Union and the emotional victory over Köln. Of course I’m happy with the result now.”

“We finished the English week very well with three games and nine points,” he continued, “Now we can have a short rest, but only a short one. Because then we have to keep working on ourselves. We were stable today. It wasn’t the best football, but we gained some control of the game.”

“In the second part of the season we want to continue climbing in the table,” Xabi concluded, “Now we have more time to train to achieve this goal as well. And we will also use it!”

As for what happens next with Stuttgart, current interim trainer Michael Wimmer has made no secret of the fact that he wishes to coach the team on a permanent basis. Club sporting CEO Alexander Wehrle, speaking to the Sky mics after the loss, did laud Wimmer for winning all three of his home fixtures since taking over for the sacked Pellegrino Matarazzo on October 11th.

“We have agreed that – completely independent of the outcome of the game – we will sit down together after the trip to the USA and then also make a decision,” Wehrle noted, “we will make decisions after the trip to the U.S. I personally won’t be traveling to Qatar. I will take care of VfB Stuttgart. That’s the priority now.”

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