Mainz axe coach Sch­midt

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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

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