- Inka Grings is no longer the coach of the Swiss women’s national team.
- The Swiss and German Football Associations mutually agreed to end their cooperation.
- Grings only took over in January and has managed just one win in 14 matches.
20 months before the start of the European Championship, the Swiss Football Association must begin the search for a new coach. As the Federation announced on Friday, it has ended its cooperation with coach Inka Grings with immediate effect. The cooperation that had been in place since the beginning of the year was dissolved by mutual agreement. It is not yet clear who will coach the team in the final two Nations League matches against Sweden and Italy.
“In order to relieve the pressure on the team and the association due to current events, I have decided to take this step with a heavy heart. It has been an exciting time for me with many great experiences as a national coach,” Greens said in a press release.
In light of “current events”, Greens could have been alluding to allegations from Germany. According to German media and the public prosecutor’s office, the 45-year-old agreed to a fine of 13,350 euros – due to mysterious transactions four years ago when she was coaching the men’s SV Stralen team. SFV is said to have discovered the issue through the media. The association left the door open as to whether the separation was related to the events in Germany.
The balance sheet is miserable
Given the poor record, the finish was mathematically understandable. Although Grings reached the last 16 with Switzerland at the World Cup in Australia/New Zealand, he was beaten by eventual world champions Spain.
Other than that, what stood out most was the harmlessness of the storm. Under the leadership of the former striker, the national team remained without a goal for six matches. In a total of 14 matches, they only managed one win (2-0 against the Philippines in the World Cup group stage).
The poor record was exacerbated by unrest within the team after the World Cup. The fact that record player Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic was not in the team for the first time together in the Nations League caused a lack of understanding for the striker. After an explanatory conversation, Crnogorcevic was summoned again, but it seemed that the relationship between the two remained tense.
“Creator. Troublemaker. Reader. Tv nerd. Proud beer advocate. Unable to type with boxing gloves on. Introvert. Certified zombie practitioner. Thinker.”