Wolfsburg sacks coach Van Bommel after winless streak

Wolfsburg has sacked coach Mark van Bommel after the Bundesliga side failed to win any of its last eight games across competitions.

Mark Van Bommel

Mark Van Bommel had taken over this season but after four wins in a row at the start of the campaign, Wolfsburg managed only one point from its five most recent league games.   -  REUTERS

VfL Wolfsburg has parted ways with coach Mark van Bommel after a five-game losing run in all competitions and following Saturday's 2-0 Bundesliga home loss to Freiburg, the club said on Sunday.

The Dutchman had taken over this season but after four wins in a row at the start of the campaign his team managed one point from its five most recent league games. The Wolves have failed to win any of their last eight games in all competitions.

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"I am surprised and disappointed by the decision because I'm certain that we would have managed to get back on track together," Van Bommel said in a statement. "I hope the team manage to turn things around quickly," he added.

Wolfsburg had qualified for the Champions League last season but under Van Bommel it has managed only two draws and a defeat in its three Champions League group matches, sitting in last place. The side lost 3-1 to Salzburg last week.

"Ultimately, there were more factors separating us than uniting us," said Wolfsburg managing director Joerg Schmadtke.

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"There was a lack of conviction in terms of being able to get out of the difficult situation we are in and turning things around as quickly as possible, which led to us making the decision to end our working relationship."

Woflsburg is currently in ninth place in the Bundesliga.

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