How many hours does a German Bundesliga coach work each week?
Well we consider ourselves to be on the job virtually round the clock. There’s really no alternative. After all, not only does the coach manage the team, he also shares in the responsibility for the team behind the team, with its doctors, physiotherapists, equipment managers, advisers etc. That’s almost 60 people altogether. And each of them requires your utmost attention. I admit that, at the start of my career, I underestimated how much time it would involve, as well as how many decisions I would have to make each day – decisions that could catch up with you quite suddenly, yet also had to be carefully considered. We often think in the long term with our planning, but it is clear that we cannot work in peace without short-term successes, and that a coach’s reputation can change completely. Just consider the weeks spent in the UK playing three matches. Within just eight days you can go from a being considered a messiah to a pariah and vice versa – that’s just within eight days!