Members' meetings at Werder Bremen used to be a haven of harmony.

The Werder family was at its best in the Schaaf and Allofs era.

Because things went well for such a long time, the voting results weren't really of any interest.

A board of directors?

Yes, there was.

The rumbling rumble around the meeting this Sunday (11.00 a.m.) shows how deep SV Werder has sunk. Sportily insignificant, economically battered - there is a lot at stake for the traditional club from the Weser. And yet little change is to be expected, because the course for a continuation of this has long been set: A democratic process was not the choice of the candidates, let alone Werder dares to have the new councils elected from the assembly.

The club's management has handpicked its candidates for the four vacant positions in the six-person, supreme control committee. An election committee was responsible for this, made up of members of the council of elders and the departments. Now there are seven candidates - and apart from the management itself, nobody in Bremen seems satisfied with this selection. It's not just the fact that there are no applicants and no-one with an immigrant background annoying the fans - it doesn't fit the time at all.

After two weak years with relegation, it is surprising that no one with sporting expertise will sit on the new supervisory board, because Marco Bode is no longer running.

Although his abilities could not prevent the decline either.

Incidentally, the election committee had spoken to the former Werder professional Benno Möhlmann a few weeks ago, but then rejected him without giving any reasons.

The composition of the new council is also spicy because it determines whether the contract with sports director Frank Baumann expires, is terminated or extended.

The fan criticism is directed massively against Baumann.

Werder Bremen on the defensive

An established representative of the fan scene is missing in the upcoming control committee, so that one can confidently forget the commitment of the current management around Klaus Filbry and Hubertus Hess-Grunewald to her. Wherever many critics of the path, embodied by Filbry and Hess-Grunewald, do not want to continue like this, there is now recourse to the familiar. With people who are all connected in one way or another with the club's management, more or less. Maria Yaiza Stüven Sanchez and Jörg Wontorra, who both wanted to run critically, were not admitted.

The movement “no-more-so” had given 100 signatures of voting full members for its candidate Stüven Sanchez - without being taken into account. The movement writes: “With the current admission procedure, the electoral committee is devaluing its own voting full members who have signed for applicants. This undemocratic process must be questioned! It is not surprising that critical applicants were sorted out. "

Inconsistencies in the statutes and difficulties with two applicants caused further displeasure.

Oliver Harms accused the ultra scene of connections to right-wing extremists - Werder reacted and took him off the list on Friday afternoon after examining the allegations.

Ulrike Hiller moved up.

Harm Ohlmeyer almost wasn't admitted because of his work for a large sporting goods manufacturer - conflict of interests.

"His candidacy was examined intensively by the SV Werder Bremen election committee and does not contradict the statutes," the club said.

Werder are on the defensive.

Sporty, economical and also in terms of communication with the fans.

There should be a lot to talk about on Sunday.