Bochum boss Herrlich reassured despite defeat
Bochum coach Heiko Herrlich's job is not in any danger despite Friday's 2-0 defeat at Cologne which leaves them on the verge of the bottom three of the Bundesliga.
Bochum can slip into the relegation zone this weekend if results elsewhere go against them but even if they do go down, Herrlich has been told his job is safe.
"What is certain is that we would, in the worst case scenario, go into the second division with Heiko Herrlich. That is certain," the club's director of sport, Thomas Ernst, said.
But Herrlich was remaining defiant after his side extended their run without a win to nine matches.
"We are not relegated yet," he said. "This is a difficult situation for us and we have got to do everything we can to get up and shake off our insecurities.
"Apart from the chance from (Joel) Epalle, we were never dangerous in front of our opponents' goal. That is too little."
The win lifts the pressure off Cologne coach Zvonimir Soldo, whose team could be mathematically safe if Hannover and Freiburg fail to win this weekend.
"We wanted to give something back to the fans because we have not won very often at home," he said.