Mergim Mavraj played no more role under Christian Titz at HSV. The coach sent him to the club’s U21. Now the defender follows against the coach and reckons bitterly with him.
It is often the last resort of despair. If it doesn’t work, the trainer has to go. One goes, the next comes. The Hamburger SV has gone to these very often in recent years. For the last time last March. Christian Titz came for the hapless Bernd Hollerbach. The 47-year-old didn’t manage to save HSV from the first relegation in the club’s history, but he nevertheless sparked a new enthusiasm in the team and in the surrounding area.
But not everyone was enthusiastic about the new coach. One of Titz’s first official acts was to ban Mergim Mavraj from the professional squad. He sent the central defender to the amateurs. The degradation continues to have an effect on the Albanian to this day. “Humanly this coach is a disaster”, Mavraj said to the “picture”.
Mavraj had to train until the end of the season with the U21, which only plays in the regional league. “As one of the few in the entire club, Mr. Titz obviously didn’t trust me to be able to help the team. It’s the right of a coach to sort out a player – it’s all about the way it’s played,” said Mavraj.
Mavraj had to train until the end of the season in the U21, which only plays in the regional league. “As one of the few in the entire club, Mr. Titz obviously didn’t trust me to be able to help the team. It’s the right of a coach to sort out a player – it’s all about the way it’s played,” Mavraj said.
The 32-year-old left HSV in the summer to join Greek first division club Aris Saloniki. According to his own statements, Titz never explained to him why he no longer played a role for him. “It almost had a system not to talk to the players you no longer needed. But I was an extreme case again,” said Mavraj.
Mavraj already sat under Hollerbach only on the bench.
Except for the four months under Titz, he does not regret his time with the Hamburgers. In the 2016/17 season, Mavraj under Markus Gisdol formed the central defence together with Kyriakos Papadopoulos and managed to keep his class on the last matchday. But already under Titz’ predecessor Hollerbach Mavraj was mostly sitting on the bench. Betbright sports is just recently launched.
“But maybe I have to apologize to Mr. Titz as well. For the fact that Papadopoulos and I under Gisdol hit so hard in the winter of 2017 and he therefore had to wait so long for his long-awaited Bundesliga job,” said Mavraj. He does not associate the time under Titz with the HSV: “The gratitude that I was allowed to be part of the successful class maintenance under Markus Gisdol outweighs.