Hannover sack coach Bergmann

BY foxsports • January 19, 2010

Hannover fired coach Andreas Bergmann on Tuesday after a seven-game stretch without a win left the club in danger of relegation.

He was replaced by former Schalke coach Mirko Slomka.

General manager Joerg Schmadtke said club executives "no longer had the feeling that Andreas Bergmann can give the team the necessary stimuli to remain in the Bundesliga."

Bergmann served only half a season as coach. He was appointed in August, taking over after the club parted company with Dieter Hecking two games into the season.

Hannover announced the 42-year-old Slomka's appointment within hours of Bergmann's departure. He was given a contract through 2011, on the condition that the team stays in the top division

"We are convinced that Mirko Slomka will prevent relegation with our team," Schmadtke said.

Slomka, who was once an assistant coach at Hannover, has been out of work since being dismissed by Schalke in April 2008.

Hannover has lost its last three games. It is third from the bottom of the table, with 17 points from 18 games, after it lost 3-0 at home to last-placed Hertha Berlin last weekend.

Hannover has had a turbulent season, marked by the suicide in November of goalkeeper Robert Enke. His widow later revealed that he had been suffering from depression for several years.

The team has taken only one point from six games since then.

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