Bundesliga: Mainz sacks coach Beierlorzer after poor start

The new Bundesliga season claimed its second coaching victim when Mainz 05 fired Achim Beierlorzer, one day after Schalke 04 dismissed David Wagner.

Achim Beierlorzer took charge at Mainz in November 2019.

The Bundesliga season, still only 10 days old, claimed its second coaching victim on Monday when Mainz 05 fired Achim Beierlorzer, one day after Schalke 04 dismissed David Wagner.

Mainz's decision capped a turbulent week during which the players refused to train after forward Adam Szalai was suspended and told to look for a new club. That was followed by a 4-1 home defeat by promoted VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.

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The club said assistant coach Jan-Moritz Lichte would take charge of the side until further notice.

“I am disappointed with the club's decision,” Beierlorzer, 52, said in a statement. “Nevertheless, I wish Mainz 05 and the team all the best for the future.”

Beierlorzer, who had been in charge since November 2019, had said he understood the players' solidarity towards their teammate Szalai but that their refusal to train was a completely different matter.

Both Mainz and Schalke have lost their opening two games. Schalke 04 was beaten 3-1 at home by Werder Bremen on Saturday after being thrashed 8-0 by Bayern Munich.

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