Mainz axe coach Schmidt
ending of the co-operation took place after a very frank and honest discussion with Martin Schmidt on Sunday evening,” said sports director Rouven Schroeder.
“The joint decision is a consequence of the analysis of the past season.”
Along with Schmidt, his assistant coaches have also left.
With the new season to kick off on Aug 18, Mainz have plenty of time to find a replacement with Under-23 coach Sandro Schwarz linked to the vacancy.
“My wish is to quickly settle this issue, but we will not be driven by external factors,” added Schroeder.
Schmidt’s dismissal means exactly half of the league’s 18 clubs have parted with their coaches this season.
Wolfsburg sacked Dieter Hecking, then Valerien Ismael. Under Dutchman Andries Jonker, who took charge in February, they finished 16th and now face a twolegged play-off to stay up.
Werder Bremen dismissed Viktor Skrypnyk, and Hamburg axed Bruno Labbadia in September.
Then followed Ingolstadt (Markus Kauczinski), Darmstadt (Norbert Meier), Augsburg (Dirk Schuster), Borussia Moenchengladbach (Andre Schubert) and Bayer Leverkusen (Roger Schmidt). AFP