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By ESPN Staff

Frankfurt boss Skibbe confirms plan to quit club

Michael Skibbe has signalled his intention to leave his position as coach of Eintracht Frankfurt at the end of the season as the club do not match his own ambition.

Skibbe has once again bemoaned the fact that he has not been provided with a new player this winter and has slammed his employers for "stagnating'' as he seeks to help Eintracht improve.

At the start of the season, Skibbe made a similar threat after his club failed in their bid to sign Lincoln from Galatasaray while they were pipped to the signing of Theofanis Gekas by Hertha Berlin this winter.

That may have proven to be the final straw for Skibbe, who will not spend his career in stagnation.

"I am trying to improve myself and it is important for me that the club I coach would like to develop with me,'' he told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.

"The situation is that Eintracht Frankfurt is not in a position to develop. That is not resigned, it is just the status quo. Eintracht Frankfurt cannot finance a new striker. That is not to be meant as criticism of the players I have, who all give everything they have got.

"We have reached our boundaries and, unfortunately, with this club we cannot go beyond them. We have just lost too much substance to play good football in the long term.''

Skibbe was hoping to make Algerian forward Rafik Djebbour his one and only signing this winter, but that deal has also fallen through, leaving the Frankfurt coach with no alternatives.

And he does not feel there is any time to now scout properly for another player.

"All we get now are DVDs thrown at us by players' agents, but that is nothing which can have any kind of substance,'' he added. "We have just got to live with the fact that Eintracht Frankfurt does not have the chance to progress but is just stagnating at the point we have reached now.

"That makes a development of our perspectives very difficult.''

Frankfurt lie in 10th position at the midway stage of the season, a comfortable eight points above the relegation zone and six adrift of the top five.

Nevertheless, Skibbe feels he is forced to look over his shoulders rather than contemplate taking the next step up the table, and he does not see how that is going to change in the short-term.

"I have a contract with Eintracht and I am interested in improving this team day by day, but this development is very difficult at the moment,'' he said. "Keeping the status quo is not something a coach can accept for a long time and the many injuries and perspectives do not make it look any better for the coming season.''


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