Allofs backs under-fire Hecking

VfL Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs has backed under-fire manager Dieter Hecking, dismissing rumors the Champions league quarter-finalists are searching for a replacement.

After Die Wölfe’s disappointing second-leg performance in the Champions League against Real Madrid and their 3-2 loss against struggling Werder Bremen, there have been calls for Hecking to be sacked as the club’s chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League are all but over.

The 2008/09 Bundesliga Champions’ form has been way below par this term – only picking up 39 points from 30 fixtures as they languish in eighth position.

However, Allofs feels Hecking is the right man for the job, but hinted there could be a few players heading for the Volkswagen Arena exit in the off-season.

“Those rumours are 0.0 percent true,” he told Kicker. “Without ifs and buts, we are not looking for a new coach.

“It’s known that a few [players] have the chance to leave by triggering a release clause,” Allofs added. “But we will not be terrified.

“It’s a good opportunity to change a few things. We will certainly not go into the new season with the team we have right now.”