Berlin - Andre Schubert on Wednesday 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, goals by Wolfsburg's Daniel Caligiuri and Mario Gomez, with a
consolation by Gladbach's Thorgan Hazard, sealed Gladbach's eighth defeat in 16
league games on Tuesday to leave them 14th.
They have won just once in their last ten games in all
"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.
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 qualify for the Champions
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The 45-year-old Schubert only signed a contract extension in
September, which would have run until 2019, but things went downhill fast this
The sale of key Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka to Arsenal,
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 has ultimately paid the price for poor form in
the Bundesliga, starting with a 4-0 drubbing by Schalke in early October which
saw them pick up just six 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 all been sacked
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