Bundesliga club Hannover fires coach Mirko Slomka

Hannover fired coach Mirko Slomka on Friday after a loss to

struggling Freiburg capped a disappointing first half of the

Bundesliga season.

Hannover said it would try to find a successor ”in the coming

days” to Slomka, who had held the job since January 2010. His

contract ran through June 2016.

”This was not an easy decision for us, but we are convinced

that we want to make a change,” general manager Dirk Dufner

said.

Club president Martin Kind thanked Slomka for saving Hannover

from relegation in his first season and then twice leading it into

the Europa League.

However, last Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Freiburg sent Hannover into

the winter break in 13th place in the 18-team top division, with 18

points – only four clear of the relegation zone. Slomka is the

fourth Bundesliga coach to lose his job this season.