2nd Bundesliga: Greuther Fürth fires coach Schneider

The lost home win against Hansa Rostock cost Marc Schneider his coaching job at the second division soccer team SpVgg Greuther Fürth.

2nd Bundesliga: Greuther Fürth fires coach Schneider

The lost home win against Hansa Rostock cost Marc Schneider his coaching job at the second division soccer team SpVgg Greuther Fürth. The 42-year-old Swiss, who was supposed to lead the Franconians back on the road to success as the successor to Stefan Leitl after being relegated to the Bundesliga, was released by the club on Saturday after just one win in twelve games this season.

The reaction followed promptly after the Fürth team conceded the equalizer from a penalty by Ryan Malone in added time in the 2-2 draw against Rostock in Ronhof on Friday evening. The last-minute goal was one frustration too many.

"We've tried a lot in the past few weeks, and Marc has tried everything too. But in the end we have to say that we've improved slightly in terms of points, but not in the way we all imagine," said sports director Rachid Azzouzi. Schneider was informed of the separation in a conversation the morning after the seventh draw of the season. The hapless coach said goodbye to the team before leaving. Until further notice, the assistant coaches Rainer Widmayer and Stefan Kleineheismann will be in charge of training the pros.

Schneider should actually work in Fürth for a longer period of time. In the summer he had received a two-year contract. After only a few months, the project was completed. "I would like to thank the players, the club and the staff for the cooperation. Unfortunately, we didn't get the points we could have. I'm sure the team will work their way out of the current situation," said the Swiss in the club announcement.

With the only win of the season against the then league leaders SC Paderborn, Schneider seemed to have initiated a turn for the better just before the international break in September. But things turned out differently: against Rostock, the Fürth team failed to manage twice in the lead through captain Branimir Hrgota and center forward Ragnar Ache. After receiving a yellow-red card for Rostock attacker John Verhoek, they played outnumbered for 30 minutes. "We were too naive," commented goalscorer Ache.

It was the third sacking in this second division season. Arminia Bielefeld (Uli Forte) and local rivals 1. FC Nürnberg (Robert Klauß) had previously parted ways with their football teachers.

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