“Due to the constantly changing regulations since March 2020 up to the suspension of training and games in the academy, it became more and more difficult for our project to successfully implement the agenda that had actually been set,” explained Magath. It was about the professionalization, the constant expansion of the academy and the intensive promotion of talents, such as neo-ÖFB-U21 team player Luca Kronberger.
“Due to the unprecedented situation for all of us, we and I made mistakes. Especially for me, who was supposed to watch and observe many games and players for Admira and, above all, bring in his network, this was simply not as possible as I had planned due to Corona, “said the two-time vice world champion as a player.
Don’t worry about Admira’s future
Magath sees the Südstadt-based company in a better position than a year ago, especially thanks to the financial commitment of Gerhard Bügler (Managing Director of Flyeralarm Austria) in terms of team, office and academy. “So I am not worried about the future of Admira,” emphasized Magath.
From a sporting point of view, however, they owed a lot this season and are therefore tackling the qualifying group as bottom. You still have ten rounds to secure your relegation again. This endeavor was only successful in the last lap last season.
Magath convinced of relegation
“During the winter break, the entire club fulfilled all our trainer’s wishes for the spring round. I am firmly convinced that our current team – which is qualitatively and quantitatively much better than last season – will again achieve the goal of relegation, ”said Magath.
Even without Magath, the people of Südstadt are well positioned in terms of sport, with Franz Wohlfahrt you have a sports director anyway. In addition, Walter Knaller from Rapid will return to Admira from mid-May and will take over the sporting management of the Admira Academy together with Dino Buric. As he himself mentioned, Magath stays with the club as a thumb-press from a distance.