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Magath on last legs at Wolfsburg after poor Bundesliga start

| 17.10.2012

Felix Magath seemingly does not have a lot going for him at Wolfsburg at present and as a result 11/4 may prove a profitable price that he is the next Bundesliga manager out of a job.

In a season where Wolfsburg were expected to be challenging for a European spot, a battle with the drop seems a more likely scenario, with Wolfsburg second-bottom after seven games.

The ultimate worry is that they have managed just two goals in this period and were abysmal in the recent 3-0 thumping at one of Magath’s former clubs Schalke.

Magath has certainly been around the block in the Bundesliga, taking the reins at seven different clubs and he has left an unpleasant taste to some degree at each.

This brings with it some problems, as these former clubs and even more so the former players to work under Magath have the bit between their teeth to prove a point.

Squad rotation is understandable in the modern-day game, but Magath’s erratic measures are proving a hindrance more than a benefit.

Some 21 different players have already been used this season and many elsewhere from their natural position, switched around continuously on a game-by-game basis.

Not everybody has the versatility of a Phil Jones, who more than pulled his weight in central defence, central midfield and right-back for Manchester United last season.

Meanwhile, this is only going to cause unrest and dips in morale in the squad, which is far from ideal for a team needing an improvement in results.

The only things in his favour is that he has transformed the club once before from mid-table obscurity to Bundesliga champions in 2009 and that his squad has a lot of new recruits, some expensive, that will need time to gel together.

Greuther Furth currently occupy bottom spot and have been unaided by defeats in all four home games without conceding a goal.

Their boss Mike Buskens is the other 11/4 favourite to be the first Bundesliga manager to lose his job.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.