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St Pauli axe coach Andre Schubert

FC St Pauli have announced the sacking of coach Andre Schubert after a disappointing start to the Bundesliga 2 season.

The cult Hamburg club have taken only six points from seven matches, and on Tuesday evening lost their first game in 13 at their Millerntor Stadium, against recently promoted VfR Aalen.

After the match, captain Fabian Boll told the press: "If we continue like that, we won't win any more points."

And in a press statement on Wednesday, St Pauli president Stefan Orth said: "The developments this season necessitated this measure.

"The match against Aalen was the low point. The tools Andre Schubert had suggested to develop the team further during our talks in May were not effective. There was no positive development. The situation is grave, thus we had to act."

Speaking to reporters immediately after that defeat, Orth had said: "It is a dangerous situation. We have to find out what to do next and draw the right conclusions"

At the end of last season, Schubert was given a vote of confidence after lengthy discussions which left the then director of football Helmut Schulte without a job instead.

He had defended his players after Tuesday's defeat, saying: "I cannot blame the team" and responded to boos and whistles rom the crowd by adding: "Because of what happened in the summer, I am not everybody's darling."

Assistant coaches Thomas Meggle, Timo Schultz and Mathias Hain will take over as caretaker coaches and prepare the team for forthcoming matches.

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