Dresden to part ways with Ralf Minge

Dynamo Dresden confirmed on Monday night that they will not renew the contract of long-standing sporting director Ralf Minge.

A statement confirmed that following discussions with the 59-year-old, “there was no longer any conviction on either side to want to continue working together in the existing form.”

Minge will leave his post on the 30th June, with “no agreement” reached on him remaining in charge for a transitional period.


Minge is seen as a legend at the club, having spent more than a decade there as a player in the latter days of the DDR-Oberliga, and having served in various capacities since retiring.

Apart from a break for health reasons in 2018, he has been in his current role since 2014, and he oversaw a return to the 2. Bundesliga, under Uwe Neuhaus, in 2016 following the club’s relegation two years earlier.

However he appears to have paid the price for the club’s regression on the field over the past couple of seasons, especially this season, where they remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

Minge had failed to strengthen the squad as required, especially after another summer of departures, and his faith in coach Cristian Fiél ultimately looked misguided as they struggled at the wrong end of the table.

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Speculation over his future has been rife since the winter, and the decision comes as no surprise.

Blow for Kauczinski

Current coach Markus Kauczinski had called on Minge to stay ahead of Sunday’s game against VfB Stuttgart.

“He is the face of Dynamo Dresden… He is the one who holds everything together, who is always there for us. And that’s why I naturally hope that things will sort themselves out.”

Markus Kauczinski

It seems Minge’s fate had already been decided by that point though, and should Kauczinski remain beyond the end of the season himself, he will have to work under a new sporting director.

Dresden said that a decision on the vacancy will be “published promptly.” The team play again on Wednesday, when they face Hannover 96.

Published by jamesrees1989

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