Moenchengladbach names Favre as new coach

BY foxsports • February 14, 2011

Borussia Moenchengladbach appointed Lucien Favre as its coach Monday, a day after firing Michael Frontzeck.

Frontzeck was dismissed Sunday after the team's latest defeat - a 3-1 loss at St. Pauli on Saturday - left it seven points short of safety at the bottom of the German league.

Favre used to be in charge at Hertha Berlin, which he took to fourth place in the Bundesliga in 2009. He was fired in September 2009 after six straight defeats in the new season. Hertha was later relegated.

The 53-year-old Swiss has not coached since then. He won three Swiss league titles with FC Zurich before moving to Germany.

Moenchengladbach has only 16 points from 22 matches. It has conceded 56 goals - easily the Bundesliga's worst defensive record.

Once a powerhouse in German football, Moenchengladbach has been struggling for years. The club won five German championships and two UEFA Cup titles in the 1970s.

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