Will it be Swiss again after Marcel Koller? According to media reports, the new team boss will be announced on Friday. According to the Swiss medium “Blick”, Vladimir Petkovic is said to have the edge when it comes to the team boss question. The Swiss should be the preferred candidate. Most recently, Peter Stöger was also considered a hot contender for the team boss post. Sports director Peter Schöttel has made a decision. However, there are still financial issues. The ÖFB would like to tighten their belts, neither can nor want to afford expensive coaches. Marcel Koller earned an annual salary of 1.5 million euros. Petkovic is said to be demanding a similar salary, but said he was willing to negotiate in “secret talks”.
Another point that speaks for Petkovic: He has already gained experience as a team boss. From 2014 to 2021 he looked after Switzerland and even sensationally led the team to the quarter-finals of EURO 2020. He is currently in a legal dispute with the French first division club Bordeaux. He was released from there in early February. He is said to be demanding a severance payment of 15 million euros. But Petkovic, like Foda, is considered an advocate of defensive play. Recently there were also discussions about the game alignment at the ÖFB. Many players in the Austrian national team come from the Red Bull school, so they know how to press.