WOLFSBURG, Germany — Martin Schmidt has quit as coach of relegation-troubled Wolfsburg with 11 rounds of the Bundesliga remaining.
Schumacher tells the club website, “We were all totally convinced that we would turn the tide together. This move from Martin Schmidt was surprising and unforeseeable, especially as we do not fully understand all his reasons.”
Schmidt took over on Sept. 18 after Wolfsburg fired his predecessor Andries Jonker. He lost only five of his 19 Bundesliga games, but 11 ended in draws. Wolfsburg won only three league games with him in charge.
Schmidt’s last game was an encouraging 2-1 defeat at home to runaway league leader Bayern Munich on Saturday, a loss that left the side just one point ahead of Schmidt’s former side, Mainz, in the relegation playoff place. The sides meet in a high-stakes clash on Friday.
Wolfsburg says team training is postponed to Tuesday, and the person to lead it will be announced soon.
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