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Struggling Cologne fires coach Achim Beierlorzer

by Ace Damon
Struggling Cologne fires coach Achim Beierlorzer

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) – The Bundesliga team dismissed coach Achim Beierlorzer on Saturday following their last-minute defeat against Hoffenheim the day before.

The German club say André Pawlak and Manfred Schmid will take over "in the meantime".

Cologne's 2-1 defeat on Friday was their eighth defeat in 11 league games. Cologne is in the relegation zone and risks returning quickly to second division after being promoted as second division champion last season.

Cologne's new sporting director Frank Aehlig says: "I regret that we took this step because we value Achim Beierlorzer so much. However, the expected sporting success has not yet been achieved."

Aehlig took over as Armin Veh's sporting director on Friday. The club said Veh's departure was agreed by mutual consent.

The Cologne were eliminated from the German Cup by Saarbrücken, fourth division, on 29 October.

Beierlorzer was named in the summer after two successful years at Jahn Regensburg. Their last game in Regensburg was a 5-3 win over Cologne.

Beierlorzer is the second coach to lose his job in the Bundesliga this season. Bayern Munich fired Niko Kovac last weekend.

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