The air is thick with the eagles from Mannheim. The reason is the latest statements by trainer Pavel Gross. He was critical of the current Corona situation at a press conference. According to Gross, more people should go to demonstrate for their freedom. In addition, the Czech referred to the “silent majority as little donkeys.” That reported the “Mannheimer Morgen”. Statements that were not well received by the management.
The managing director of Adler Daniel Hopp and the entire association have already distanced themselves from the statements. Hopp was also annoyed. As a trainer at Adler Mannheim, it is disrespectful and dangerous to abuse the employer’s press conferences to express personal opinions that allow room for interpretation. ” He described the statements as disrespectful. Nobody should be taken from the floor. However, Gross’s opinion also applies to the sporting field.
The Czech coach doesn’t think much of the Corona measures in general. It was only on Sunday that he wanted to bring in defense attorney Thomas Larkin – even though he had a suspected Omikron case in his immediate vicinity. However, sporting director Jan-Axel Alavaara intervened and did not want to take any risks. In general, the relationship between Gross and Alavaare should not be intimate due to differences of opinion in squad planning and player management.
In any case, the Mannheimers themselves are involved in several projects for corona vaccination and relief measures. The Adler are currently in second place in the German Ice Hockey League (DEL). But according to the “Mannheimer Morgen” there could be a crash between the club and the very successful coach due to different values.