1. FC KOln officially announced on Saturday afternoon that coach Achim Beierlorzer will be released with immediate effect. The team will be overseen by Andre Pawlak and Manfred Schmid.
Frank Aehlig, who had taken over the sporting management of FC after the retirement of Armin Veh, said he regretted that the club was forced to take this step, as Achim Beierlorzer highly appreciated. However, the hoped for sporting success was missing.
Aehlig emphasized that Beierlorzer was a highly competent trainer, who with his open, communicative style was a sympathizer up to and including the club.
As for the coach search, Aehlig said: "We are now working to find a new head coach for the FC, who with our team creates a new start and the sporting turnaround." Bruno Labbadia, who was last considered a hot candidate, meanwhile, will not replace Beierlorzer , Aehlig said the 53-year-old, who had recently led the VfL Wolfsburg in the Europa League, the FC from.
Also Achim Beierlorzer regretted the decision of the FC in a statement: "I regret that I could not lead the FC in these four months to the desired sporting success. I felt at ease in this great club at all times. In a good working environment, I was able to work constructively with the team at all times. For the remainder of the season I wish the team and the club the necessary bit of luck and the hoped-for success. "(Beq)