Andries Jonker became the first Bundesliga head coach to be sacked this season when Wolfsburg relieved him of his duties on Monday after taking four points from as many games.
The 54-year-old Dutchman only took charge in February, when he quit as boss of Arsenal’s youth academy, and managed to keep
Wolfsburg up last season, but Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at VfB Stuttgart proved to be the last straw.
Jonker’s entire backroom staff, including assistant coach and Arsenal legend Fredrik Ljungberg, have also been fired.
The new coach, who both magazine Kicker and Sky Sports News claim will be ex-Mainz coach Martin Schmidt, is expected to take his first session on Monday afternoon ahead of Tuesday’s Bundesliga match at home to Werder Bremen.
Then follows a tough away match at Bayern Munich on Friday.
“We have two difficult games ahead of us this week, but we didn’t want to implement a caretaker solution, rather install a new head-coach with immediate effect,” explained director of sport Olaf Rebbe.
A statement by Wolfsburg’s supervisory board said they felt the team’s development had stagnated.
“Decisive for us in taking this step was not just the impression made upon us during the game against Stuttgart, but rather based upon the perception of stagnated development amongst the team, which was to a great extent newly formed during the summer,” said Wolfsburg’s board.
“We expressly wish to thank Andries Jonker and his coaching staff, for rescuing VfL’s position in the top-flight at the last minute at the end of last season.”
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Messi an alien that should live in sky not earth – Montella
Sevilla manager, Vincenzo Montella has described Barcelona star, Lionel Messi as an ‘alien’ who is supposed to be living in the sky rather than on the earth.
He stated this ahead of Sevilla clash with Barcelona in the Copa del Rey finals at Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday night.
Montella, who said Messi’s talents are not of this world believes his Sevilla side have a chance against Barcelona in today’s final.
“Barcelona are a great team, as we have seen in La Liga,” Montella, who joined Sevilla in December replacing Eduardo Berizzo told reporters.
“They have almost won it, so they are favourites.
“But we have to think about ourselves and our attitude and quality and skills. We have to think how to face Barcelona that way.
“I also think that Messi is an alien. I hope he will be that high tomorrow instead of on the Earth. We have to try to avoid him receiving the ball.
“We’ve seen that it is possible to win against Barcelona, but for this to happen we have to be focused throughout the whole game and not lose concentration at any moment.
“I’m hoping for a balanced game, one that will be decided by smaller details, keeping us in the running.”
The kick off time for the match is 8:30pm.
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