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Hannover dismiss Mirko Slomka

Hannover have sacked their long-serving coach Mirko Slomka after a miserable first half of the season.

Hannover supporters demonstrate in support of Mirko Slomka following the news of his dismissal.
Hannover supporters demonstrate in support of Mirko Slomka following the news of his dismissal.

The former Schalke coach took the reins in January 2010 and saved the club from relegation that season before qualifying for Europe on two occasions.

However, they have endured a dismal 2013-14 campaign so far, losing all eight of their away games, and now sit only four points clear of the relegation zone. As a result, the club opted to relieve Slomka of his duties.

“It was not an easy decision for us, but we became convinced that we want to change things,” Hannover sporting director Dirk Dufner said in a statement to the media.

Club president Martin Kind personally thanked Slomka for his great efforts and said that the two consecutive appearances in Europe “will always be connected to his name.”

The Bundesliga side want to present a new coach within the next few days, with Greuther Fuerth coach Frank Kramer believed to be among the candidates.

Slomka is the fourth Bundesliga coach to lose his job during the 2013-14 season, with Bruno Labbadia leaving Stuttgart, Thorsten Fink exiting Hamburg and Michael Wiesinger departing Nurnberg.

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