Away from the personality cult! Hitzlsperger’s withdrawal is consistent

No contract extension, not even concrete discussions with the supervisory board about it. The fact that Thomas Hitzlsperger will vacate his position as CEO of VfB Stuttgart 1893 AG in October 2022 is – as surprising as it may be – the 39-year-old’s right decision. A comment …

From 2022 no longer CEO of VfB Stuttgart 1893 AG: Ex-professional and ex-national player Thomas Hitzlsperger.

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When VfB Stuttgart crashed in league two in May 2016 and was left without a leader after the resignation of President Bernd Wahler, certain people in the traditionally influential circle of power around the traditional club from 1893 tinkered with a scenario of no alternative: our man Wolfgang Dietrich or none. In their diction, it threatened no less than the collapse of the association.

It is well known where this led to: the re-promotion and a stable Bundesliga season was followed by relegation in 2019. Thomas Hitzlsperger, a former professional and national player for many years, experienced exactly this time, first in an advisory role, then as a junior manager and finally as Sports director. Presumably he is far too polite to say what he got out of it: That too much power united on one person can lead an association in the wrong direction. It’s not even about Dietrich.

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Personal details that were pushed through for better or for worse shaped the image of VfB before – keyword Gerd Mäuser.

Could the crack no longer be cemented with Claus Vogt?

Anyone who has listened carefully to Hitzlsperger since he was promoted to Chairman of the Board of Management kept hearing one word: structures. The 2007 master player initiated a change in the organization. In this respect, his withdrawal is consistent. Away from the personality cult!

VfB Stuttgart must function independently of individuals. Perhaps the data affair and the resulting reshuffle at board and director level have triggered a further step in this development.

And that brings us to the question: could the crack no longer be cemented with Claus Vogt? Hitzlsperger repeatedly assures that he is sure of the appreciation of the supervisory board, which Vogt presides over. Of course, there are still questions unanswered about the turbulent months that VfB recently went through. It is now up to the CEO of the AG and the President of the eV to prove for at least the next 13 months that they have definitely buried the hatchet, look ahead and act side by side for the benefit of “their” VfB.

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2022 is over: Hitzlsperger announces farewell to VfB Stuttgart

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