Hoeness crticises Wolfsburg's mentality
Wolfsburg's managing director Dieter Hoeness has ordered his team to change their attitude or face the consequences after a 2-1 defeat at Nurnberg this weekend.
Hoeness revealed how he had gone into the dressing room "for the first time since I joined the club" after Saturday's defeat to give the team a piece of his mind. And he hopes they now respond in the right way.
"The team has got to change," he said on his club's website. "Every individual must do something and if they can't, we will have to help. If the team cannot do what we expect of them and if they do not show a reaction then we will react.
"I don't care about individual games like our next one in the cup or next Saturday against Stuttgart. Every game is, of course, important, but what we are really bothered about is a recognisable development. We expect a sustained change in the team's mentality."
Hoeness has accused his players of not doing enough to win games and the two defeats against Mainz, when they threw away a 3-0 lead to go down 4-3, and against Leverkusen, when they lost 3-2 despite leading 2-0, are good examples of this.
"It's all about the basic attitude of the players," added Hoeness. "It's about getting that final five or 10 percent that you need to be successful. With all respect for Nurnberg, the quality of the players on paper certainly put us at an advantage, but this quality only makes a difference in the Bundesliga when both teams go into the game with the same attitude.
"A successful game is always a combination of both quality and attitude. Nurnberg showed us how it works. If we had shown the same attitude as Nurnberg then I assume we would have won on Saturday."
Hoeness has absolved coach Steve McClaren of any blame and suggests he be seen as a role model to the team. "He is certainly motivated," he said. "Steve gets the team prepared fantastically, he is absolutely convincing and he gives the team the key to the door to success each time.
"But we are just throwing away points. We have got to live up to our own expectations and that is not 13th position."