Struggling German Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart have relieved Markus Weinzierl of his duties as head coach with immediate effect, with U-19 coach Nico Willig taking charge of the first team on an interim basis.
VfB Stuttgart suffered a heavy 0-6 away defeat to FC Augsburg on Saturday afternoon with the team playing terribly forcing the club management to act.
VfB Stuttgart board member Thomas Hitzlsperger said on Weinzierl’s dismissal, “We stated several times that we wanted to bring the season to a successful conclusion with Markus Weinzierl and his coaching team. However, after the extremely disappointing match in Augsburg we chose to review the situation again and decided that a clear break is necessary in order to secure our Bundesliga survival. We didn’t take this decision lightly, but VfB’s success comes first and we have to act accordingly.”
Weinzierl’s assistant coach Wolfgang Beller, athletics coach Thomas Barth and individual trainer Halil Altintop have also left the club.
Nico Willig, who has been at VfB since January 2016, will leave his role with the U-19 side and assume the first-team reins until the end of the season. He will lead his first training session with the squad on Sunday morning at 10:30h CET.