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FC Cologne has confirmed that they have parted ways with head coach Peter Stoger after a 2-2 away draw against FC Schalke 04 at Veltins-Arena.
According to Cologne president Werner Spinner, the decision was mutually agreed by both parties to terminate the contract of Stoger, who was set to run the club until June 2020.
The decision to part ways with Peter Stöger was a difficult one for us to make. Our responsibility is to try everything in order to stay up in the league. Until recently, we hoped that we could do this in the constellation with Peter, his staff, and this team. Despite the positive result against Schalke, we unfortunately no longer have this conviction. This is why, in the current situation, it is important to bring a stimulus into the position of head coach.” Spinner stated
The management also announced that U19 coach Stefan Ruthenbeck will take over the left position temporarily until the winter break.
Ruthenbeck’s coaching staff will include Kevin McKenna and Markus Daun, as Well as current goalkeeping coach Alexander Bade.
Meanwhile, the dismissal of Stoger in the 2-2 draw at Schalke was his 168th and last game in charge of the club.
After the game, he went over to the away fans, removed his hat and applauded them all. In addition, assistant coach Manfred Schmid has been terminated as well with the club.
It was clear that the game against Schalke would be my last. In order to fully focus on this important game, we decided to communicate this on Sunday. It is in the spirit of the club and, above all the team, that now a decision has been made and clarified. The players, the staffs in the club, the fans and the city of Cologne have grown dear to mine and my assistant Manni Schmid’s hearts and we all keep our fingers crossed that Cologne remains in the Bundesliga.” Stoger expressed
As of now, Cologne is sitting at the bottom of the Bundesliga table without a win in 14 games (3 draws, 11 losses) with just three points.