Hannes Wolf takes charge of his first training session

The 37-year-old worked with his new team on the training ground at the Volksparkstadion.

At yesterday’s press conference, Hannes Wolf made it clear how ambitious he is ahead of taking charge of Die Rothosen: “I have plenty of passion burning inside of me, ready for this task ahead.” The new head coach followed up on his claim of passion and was to be seen before 11:00 at the training ground this morning. He doesn’t want to lose any time, especially as his first game in charge is only two days away. “We won’t get promoted just by talking about it, but instead by working hard and intensively for the coming weeks and months.”

Wolf’s enthusiasm could be sensed during his first training session he took today. After exchanging views during the warm-up with his assistants André Kilian, Maik Goebbels and Marinus Bester, Wolf took charge of the passing drill, clearly voicing his expectations to his players. The Bochum-born coach doesn’t want to leave anything to chance for the game in Magdeburg on Friday (18:15 CEST). The youngest coach in the club’s history knows all about getting promoted into the Bundesliga, having led VfB Stuttgart straight back up after relegation in the 2016/17 season.

At the end of his first training session with the HSV squad, Wolf expressed his satisfaction of how the squad trained: “It was very nice. It’s good to be back after a period out. The team trained really well today with me. Of course I will now go through the process of getting to know them better.” Wolf will also work together with the unchanged coaching team straight away. “Of course that is an unusual situation but the players have made a great impression and are very open-minded. Today went very well and I feel well supported.” Finally, the coach gave an insight into the upcoming match away in Magdeburg: “We need the fight and desire to turn decisive situations in our favour. We know we have to play at a high level on Friday to win the match.”