Babbel goes down fighting in final press conference

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Now-sacked Western Sydney Wanderers coach Markus Babbel chuckled when questioned about reports stating his contract would be terminated as soon as Monday.

ESPN broke news from “sources close to the club” that the Babbel’s fate had been sealed prior to Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the Perth Glory – in a report released with 15 minutes still to play in the match.

The story soon came to fruition as Western Sydney released a statement on Monday morning that they had ‘parted company’ with the head coach.

In what turned out to be his final interactions with the press, Babbel claimed he was entirely unaware of what was to come.

“I haven’t spoke to anyone,” he said.

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“I’ve felt from the first day until now the absolute support of everyone at the club and I’m yet to hear anything different.”

In the end, one win in eleven attempts and an overall win percentage of 24 per cent left the Wanderers with no choice but to part ways with the former Liverpool and Bayern Munich defender.

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Yet despite his team’s nightmare run, Babbel produced an emphatic response when quizzed as to whether he was the right man to lead Western Sydney forward.

“Yeah, of course,” he said.

“So now my job is to bring their heads up again and work hard in these next 14 days.

“Next week we don’t have a game, so we have to work on our fitness level, our structure and start again.

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“There’s still games to go and everything is still possible.”

As has been been a common occurrence this season, Babbel was more than willing to take on a journalist who asked whether he had any final message to offer the club’s fans.

“Come on, what would I say to this question,” he said.

In typical fashion, he hurried out of the room for the last time with some fierce parting words.

“I’m a fighter, don’t worry.”

Feature image credit: Steve Christo

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Passionate Sports Media student and all round football obsessive, covering the Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2019/20 season.