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Feb 13, 2011

Monchengladbach sack Frontzeck

Borussia Monchengladbach have parted company with coach Michael Frontzeck following Saturday's 3-1 defeat to St Pauli, which left them glued to the foot of the Bundesliga.

The Foals have lost their last two matches to fall seven points adrift of safety and have decided to relieve Frontzeck of his duties in a bid to revive their fortunes.

"After the two defeats against our direct rivals Stuttgart and St Pauli, we had to reconsider our situation,'' said the club's director of sport Max Eberl. "This was a very difficult decision for us.''

Eberl had been one of Frontzeck's biggest backers in recent weeks as the fans intensified their calls for his dismissal.

After the game, Eberl once again leapt to Frontzeck's defence and questioned whether a change in coach would make any difference, but after a crisis meeting with the board on Sunday, he was left no alternative but to inform Frontzeck of their decision to dismiss him.

"We had all hoped to reach the goals we have set with Michael Frontzeck, but after the recent results, we have decided to change coach,'' said vice-president Rainer Bonhof on Monchengladbach's website.

Frontzeck becomes the sixth managerial casualty of the season, coming just a week after Steve McClaren lost his job at Wolfsburg.

Stuttgart have changed coaches twice already this campaign with Christian Gross and Jens Keller both fired, while Ralf Rangnick left Hoffenheim and Zvonomir Soldo was the first to go when he was shown the door by Cologne in October.

Frontzeck arrived at Monchengladbach at the start of last season, despite having failed to keep both Alemannia Aachen and Arminia Bielefeld in the top flight in previous years.

His first year ended relatively successfully with the Foals finishing the season in 12th position and he was promptly given a new two-year contract.

However, Gladbach have failed to win a single match at their Borussia Park Stadion this term, and with just 16 points from 22 games they risk being relegated for the third time in 12 years.

No indication has been given as to who will take over the club for their home fixture with Schalke next Sunday, although youth team coach Sven Demandt could step in as caretaker-boss until a new man can be found.

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