The coaching election at Rapid is going to the next round: According to a BILD journalist who is usually well-informed, Enrico Masen, one of the two top candidates, has apparently rejected the offer. It says on Twitter: “After promising discussions, Maassen has decided not to commit to any new work at Rapide.”
Contact with the East German (39) was established by Rapid Finance director Markus Knipping, who knows Maassen from his time spent with him at Dortmund. Maassen was most recently the coach at FC Augsburg. What may have played a role: Although he was released in October, he is still under contract with Augsburg until 2025.
After the rejection of René Maric, the focus is now exclusively on the German Robert Claus. The former Nürnberg coach has been without a club for a year. He studied at the Red Bull School in Leipzig and was an assistant coach to Ralf Rangnik and Julian Nagelsmann. He belongs to the next generation of coaches, is an analyst and wants to play possession-oriented football.
Rapid II coach Stefan Kulovits is currently leading the team’s training. The new head coach could take a seat on the bench in the Bundesliga game against BW Linz on 26 November.