Struggling Cologne fires coach Achim Beierlorzer

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Bundesliga team Cologne fired coach Achim Beierlorzer on Saturday following its last-gasp defeat to Hoffenheim the day before.

The German club says André Pawlak and Manfred Schmid will take over “in the interim.”

Cologne’s 2-1 defeat on Friday was its eighth loss in 11 league games. Cologne is in the relegation zone and in danger of a swift return to the second division after being promoted as second-division champion last season.

Cologne’s new sporting director Frank Aehlig says, “I regret that we’ve had to take this step, because we value Achim Beierlorzer very highly. However, the hoped for sporting success hasn’t been achieved so far.”

Aehlig only took over as sporting director from Armin Veh on Friday. The
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