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By ESPN Staff

Hanover 96 appoint Neururer in place of Lienen

FRANKFURT, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Bundesliga club Hanover 96 sacked coach Ewald Lienen on Wednesday and appointed Peter Neururer in his place.

Neururer, who left VfL Bochum following their relegation last season, has signed a contract running to 2007, Hanover said.

'I was too long without work,' Neururer told SID news agency. 'I was getting on my wife and the children's nerves.

'Playing golf and riding the motorbike doesn't fill a day. Football is my life.'

Former Danish international defender Michael Schjonberg, part of the Hanover Cup winning team in 1992, was named as Neururer's assistant.

The club opted to dismiss Lienen and his assistant Michael Frontzeck after a run of just one win in eight league games.

'We're not in a crisis situation but we were stagnating,' said Hanover manager Ilja Kaenzig.

Saturday's 2-2 draw with Mainz left them in 13th place in the table with 12 points from 12 games.

Lienen is the third coaching casualty in the Bundesliga this season following the departures of Klaus Augenthaler from Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfgang Wolf from Nuremberg.