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Hannover sack Andreas Bergmann

Hannover have sacked coach Andreas Bergmann after a run of poor results saw them drop into the bottom three of the Bundesliga.

The north German club have not won a game since the end of October and last Saturday's 3-0 defeat at home to Hertha Berlin plunged them into the relegation zone.

In a bid to halt their slide, Bergmann was today relieved of his duties just over four months after taking charge.

"After three consecutive defeats and a negative run which has now stretched to seven matches without a win, the management of Hannover no longer had the feeling that Andreas Bergmann could give the team the necessary impulse to remain in the Bundesliga,'' said Hannover's director of sport Jorg Schmadtke in a statement.

Bergmann took over from Dieter Hecking after just two games of the season and, thanks to a win against Nurnberg on his debut and two impressive draws against Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund, he took them into an apparently safe mid-table position.

They were lying 10th when goalkeeper Robert Enke took his own life in early November and the club has not won a game since, slipping to 16th last weekend.

And Schmadtke acknowledged the fact that the extraordinary situation following the tragic death of Enke had not made his job any easier.

"Andreas Bergmann did a good job and led the team with a lot of feeling through the period following the tragic death of Robert Enke,'' added Schmadtke.

"But the necessary victories which should have earned us points to avoid relegation have not been arriving in recent weeks, unfortunately.''

Bergmann was relieved of his duties this morning prior to the scheduled training session, but no full-time replacement has yet been found.

Unlike with Bergmann, who was promoted from within when Hecking stepped down in August, an external solution seems to be the favoured option and Schmadtke is looking to appoint a new coach before next weekend's game with Mainz.

"We will try to present a solution to take over as soon as possible,'' he said.

Bergmann is the sixth managerial casualty of the current season and the second at Hannover.

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