Glad­bach fire coach Schu­bert

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

BER­LIN: An­dre Schu­bert yes­ter­day be­came the sev­enth Bun­desliga coach fired since Septem­ber when Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach dis­missed him in the wake of their 2-1 de­feat to fel­low strug­glers VfL Wolfs­burg.

The home de­feat was the fi­nal straw for Glad­bach’s di­rec­tor of sport Max Eberl, who had said the team needed to win their last three games be­fore Christ­mas for Schu­bert’s fu­ture to be safe.

But af­ter los­ing to Augs­burg and earn­ing a scrappy win over Mainz, Glad­bach’s de­feat to Wolfs­burg on Tues­day was their eighth de­feat in 16 league games to leave them 14th. They have won just once in their last ten games in all com­pe­ti­tions. “We have come to the con­clu­sion that it is bet­ter for both par­ties to end their co-op­er­a­tion now,” said Eberl. Schu­bert’s re­place­ment-ex-Wolfs­burg coach Dieter Heck­ing has been linked to the role-now has the four-week win­ter break to in­ject con­fi­dence in a team which took 16 points from their first 16 league games. “We’re look­ing for a coach who will take us on the right path with young play­ers,” added Eberl.

The main task of the new man­ager will be to pick up points “so we can reach a com­fort­able level in a rel­a­tively short time”.

It is a sad end to Schu­bert’s 15 months in charge which saw him take Glad­bach from the bot­tom of the league ta­ble, when he re­placed Lu­cien Favre in Septem­ber 2015, to fourth last sea­son and the Cham­pi­ons League.

The 45-year-old Schu­bert only signed a con­tract ex­ten­sion in Septem­ber, which would have run un­til 2019, but things went down­hill fast this sea­son.

The sales of mid­fielder Granit Xhaka to Arse­nal and de­fender Havard Nord­veit to West Ham, plus the loss of cen­tre-backs Martin Stranl (re­tired) and Roel Brouw­ers, to Dutch side Roda Kerkrade, meant Schu­bert lost a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence.

Bat­tling dis­plays in their Cham­pi­ons League group against Barcelona, Manch­ester City and Celtic saw Glad­bach fin­ish third to qual­ify for the Europa League’s knock-out stages.

But Schu­bert paid the price for poor Bun­desliga form, start­ing with a 4-0 drub­bing by Schalke in early Oc­to­ber which saw them pick up just six league points in the next ten games.

Schu­bert joins Dirk Schus­ter (Augs­burg), Nor­bert Meier (Darm­stadt), Markus Kauczin­ski (In­gol­stadt), Dieter Heck­ing (Wolfs­burg), Bruno Lab­ba­dia (Ham­burg) and Vik­tor Skryp­nyk (Werder Bre­men) who have been sacked this sea­son.

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