Bremen - German FA (DFB) director of sport Robin Dutt and SV Werder Bremen have asked the DFB to release Dutt from his current contract, which runs through to 2016. Given the significance of the position, the DFB executive board is to meet next week to discuss the matter.

On Monday, Dutt formally informed the DFB of his wish to return to coaching in the Bundesliga. The Werder Bremen management subsequently asked DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach and general secretary Helmut Sandrock to release the director of sport from his duties.

"Fulfils all the criteria"

"We're really hoping the DFB will givethis the go-ahead. We had very good talks with Robin Dutt and he is our number one candidate for the post of head coach. He fulfils all the criteria we require to make a fresh start. He has insider knowledge of the game at youth level and a record of bringing young players through himself. And he has already shown that he can do this job successfully at Bundesliga level," Bremen sporting director Thomas Eichin said.

Before taking up his post with the DFB, Robin Dutt coached Bayer Leverkusen for most of the 2011/12 season. Prior to that he spent four years at SC Freiburg, where he followed in the footsteps of long-time head coach Volker Finke, successfully guiding the club back into the Bundesliga and consolidating its position there.