Jens Lehmann says he wants to become a head coach despite what must surely have been a disappointing experience as assistant head coach at Augsburg, the club Stephan Lichststeiner has just joined.
“I’d like to work as a head coach myself,” the 49-year-old told SID at the gamescom video games fair in Cologne when asked about his, “As I was as a player, that would be a bit more to me.”
Google translate isn’t really helpful with the second bit of his statement (“So wie ich als Spieler war, würde mir das auch ein bisschen mehr liegen”) but the first is clear.
Lehmann was allowed to leave Arsenal in the post-Wenger revolution and eventually found himself as assistant coach at Augsburg with the club in danger of relegation. By the time he was sacked they were just outside the relegation places in 15th but still very much in trouble.
The powers-that-be at Augsburg doubted that Jens and the rest of the coaching team were the men to help turn things around and they were relieved of their duties.
At the point of his dismissal, Augsburg had 25 points from 28 league games, scoring 37 but conceding 54. They finished in 15th place with 32 points from 34 games, four points above the drop zone.
“Maybe you would have a personal conversation, who was really behind the decision,” said Lehmann who added: “Stefan Reuter, the President or anyone, it was my first firing in football. At least no one can accuse me of disloyalty.”