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Wolfsburg sack Wolfgang Wolf

BERLIN, March 4 (Reuters) - Wolfgang Wolf certainly had the right name to coach VfL Wolfsburg but the German first division club ruled that he no longer had the right results and sacked him on Tuesday.

Wolf, who was expected to leave at the end of the season, was replaced by Juergen Roeber after his club dropped to 11th place in the 18-strong Bundesliga table.

Former Hertha Berlin coach Roeber has been offered a three-year contract and takes over the coaching duties immediately, the club said in a statement.

Roeber, 48, had been out of a job since being sacked by Hertha in February last year. In six years at the capital club, he won promotion to the first division in 1997 and took them to the Champions League second phase in the 1999-2000 season.

'In Juergen Roeber we have a coach who has demonstrated his ability in the Bundesliga and who has international experience,' said Wolfsburg's supervisory board chairman Lothar Sander.

Wolfsburg, who started the season hoping to qualify for the UEFA Cup, are just five points above the relegation zone after just one victory from six games since the winter break.

The club, from a small northern town that is home to car makers Volkswagen, their main sponsor, have failed to live up to huge expectations since signing former Bayern Munich captain Stefan Effenberg at the start of the season.

The 45-year-old Wolf, who played for several German clubs including Kaiserslautern, joined Wolfsburg in March 1998 during the club's first season in the top flight.

'Wolfsburg will always remain close to my heart,' he said.

'They can only have success in the remaining games with a quiet atmosphere, and discussions over my future would not help.'

Wolf became the fourth Bundesliga coach to lose his job this season after Andreas Brehme (Kaiserslautern), Klaus Toppmoeller (Leverkusen) and Hans Meyer (Moenchengladbach).