Video: The shambolic Wolfsburg penalty that sparked Steve McClaren’s sacking
And not an umbrella in sight
The childish scenes in the video above have led to Wolfsburg sacking Steve McClaren. When Brazilian midfielder Diego was awarded a penalty during the match against Hannover, he decided he had earned the right to take the spot-kick. That was despite the fact that new signing Patrick Helmes had been told by McClaren that he was the designated penalty taker.
Despite Helmes’s best protests and appeals to the bench for assistance, Diego kept hold of the ball and took the kick, which he missed! Wolfsburg went on to lose the match 1-0.
McClaren hit Diego with a €100,000 fine and told the playmaker he would be dropped for the next match for ignoring his instructions.
After the match, Wolfsburg director of sport Dieter Hoeness: “The players argued about it [the penalty] like kids in a playground, and because of that we were beaten in a match that we should never have lost.”
Whether McClaren’s attempts to instil discipline were viewed as too little, too late, or whether Diego’s happiness carries more weight at Wolfsburg than the manager, we don’t know. But we do know that the club was prepared to take a £2.5 million compensation hit to sack McClaren after just eight months in charge.