Schmidt steps down as Wolfsburg coach

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Berlin, Feb 20 (IANS) Martin Schmidt has resigned as VfL Wolfsburg chief coach in the wake of the side’s 1-2 defeat at home to Bayern Munich. Wolfsburg have won just five of 22 matches since Schmidt took the helm last September.

Wolfsburg directors accepted the Swiss coach’s resignation with some reluctance, the German football club announced, reports Efe.

“Internally we were all of the firm belief that we would turn things around together,” Wolfsburg managing director Tim Schumacher said.

“That’s why this move from Martin Schmidt came to us as a surprise that we hadn’t predicted, especially as we can’t fully comprehend his motives.”

“We thank Martin Schmidt for his work and wish him all the best both in his career and private life,” Schumacher added.

Wolfsburg hold the 14th spot in the Bundesliga table, just seven points clear of the relegation zone with 11 games to go.

–IANS

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