Austrian playmaker Viktor Szilagyi is set to replace the current head coach of the Bergischer HC, Sebastian Hinze, in case the lions lose to TBV Lemgo on the weekend in a game which becomes extremely crucial for the hosts in their fight against relegation. Hinze is more and more on the hot seat after his team lost away to VfL Gummersbach 21:34 (10:18).
At the press conference after the game club chairman Jörg Föste called the performance a low point in a very difficult season for the lions. “We would like to continue our way, but we also desperately need points.” Hinze led the team to the DKB Handball-Bundesliga in his first full year in charge, but until today has been unable to make his players perform away from home.
The loss at Gummersbach was the 33th outside of their own building in 43 tries for the sky-blues since promoting back to the first league. The team is currently without a win since mid-September sitting in 16th position and is struggling especially without injured captain Szilagyi. The 37-year old is suffering from a tear of his Achilles tendon and is out until the end of the year.
He might be leading his team again sooner than expected, however off the field. Rumors suggest he will take over on an interim basis in case the BHC will fall to Lemgo on Saturday, especially with two more home games looming within seven days. Next Wednesday the BHC hosts second-league side GWD Minden in the cup quarterfinals and could reach the Final 4 for the first time in its history.
The officials of the Bergischen Löwen have underlined the importance of the game various times in recent weeks, especially since a win would put the team on the map outside of its own region. Szilagyi, known for his world class vision on the court, could be an ideal replacement in a time when the coaching market doesn’t offer a lot of options and wouldn’t add to the clubs payroll.