Cologne parts ways with coach Gisdol after loss to Mainz

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Football: Bundesliga, 1. FC Köln - FSV Mainz 05, Matchday 28 at Rhein-Energie-Stadion. Cologne coach Markus Gisdol walks across the pitch after the match. IMPORTANT NOTE: In accordance with the regulations of the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga and the DFB Deutscher Fußball-Bund, it is prohibited to use or have used photographs taken in the stadium and/or of the match in the form of sequence pictures and/or video-like photo series. Photo: Federico Gambarini/dpa
Football: Bundesliga, 1. FC Köln - FSV Mainz 05, Matchday 28 at Rhein-Energie-Stadion. Cologne coach Markus Gisdol walks across the pitch after the match. IMPORTANT NOTE: In accordance with the regulations of the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga and the DFB Deutscher Fußball-Bund, it is prohibited to use or have used photographs taken in the stadium and/or of the match in the form of sequence pictures and/or video-like photo series. Photo: Federico Gambarini/dpa

(dpa) – Cologne has parted ways with coach Markus Gisdol in the wake of its 2-3 defeat at the hands of Mainz on Sunday, the club confirmed late Sunday.

German sport publications Express and Sport1 had reported on Gisdol’s ouster earlier.

Cologne has been hovering in Bundesliga relegation territory for weeks, a situation made worse after Sunday’s loss.

Rumours have swirled about Gisdol’s future for weeks now amid the string of losses. However, he had managed to hold on to his job after recent defeats.

“With a change of coach we want to give the team a new impetus for this crucial phase,” Cologne’s sports director Horst Heldt said in a statement.

“We really wanted to win the game against Mainz. Although our performance was good again today, we didn’t score any points. That was a bitter defeat.”

Coaching duties will now fall to another trainer for the final six games of the season. One candidate is Friedhelm Funkel, although he is 67 and had declared his career over after leaving Dusseldorf in January 2020.

He told Express on Sunday that no one had contacted him yet, pointing out that the game against Mainz had only just ended.

Gisdol has been coach since November 2019. But his performance has been uneven.

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