Markus Schopp is now in his third season as coach of TSV Hartberg. This year they missed the championship group, but lead the qualifying group four game days before the end. Whether the former Sturm Graz professional will also go into a fourth year as a coach with the Hartbergers is currently still open.
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For three years now there has been speculation from April / May on how things will go on with Markus Schopp and TSV Hartberg. After the former Sturm Graz professional only signed for a year as a coach after the last season, negotiations will have to be held again towards the end of the season to see whether they can imagine a future together. This year they missed their place in the championship group at the very last second, but are currently in first place in the qualifying group.
Compared to the “Little Newspaper” now the chairman and sports director Erich Korherr stated that they had already talked to the current coach about staying in Hartberg: “There was a first conversation on Monday. As always with a very good basis for discussion.” And then pushes: “Result open.”
The only thing that is certain at the moment is that Jürgen Säumel, who joined Austria’s senior national team in May, will not be refilled. But one would like to continue with Schopp, he has formed a stable Bundesliga club out of TSV Hartberg, who can now already have their first ambitions for the championship qualification. In his debut season you could fend off relegation on the last day of the game, in the second season the first qualification for the European Cup followed and this year you could achieve this via detours.
There is an important point to be clarified between the current coach and those responsible at TSV Hartberg that will enable further cooperation in the future. “The infrastructure is a big issue here,” said chairman Erich Korherr. He knows that joint decision-making on these points is a central pillar for the future direction: “With us it is always a togetherness.” This could also be the case next season with Markus Schopp on the sidelines.