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André Schubert: Borussia Mönchengladbach sack coach

Mönchengladbach boss Schubert has been relieved of his duties by the Bundesliga club after his side's defeat to VfL Wolfsburg on Tuesday.

André Schubert: Borussia Mönchengladbach sack coach

André Schubert has been fired as head coach of Borussia Mönchengladbach in the wake of their 2-1 Bundesliga defeat to fellow strugglers VfL Wolfsburg.

Schubert fate sealed by Wolfsburg loss 

The home reverse was the final straw for Gladbach's director of sport, Max Eberl, who had said the team needed to win their last three games before Christmas for Schubert's future to be safe.

But after losing to Augsburg and earning a scrappy victory over Mainz, goals by Wolfsburg's Daniel Caligiuri and Mario Gómez sealed Gladbach's eighth league defeat this term to leave them 14th.

Schubert, who has overseen just one win in the side's last ten matches in all competitions, becomes the seventh Bundesliga coach to be dismissed since September.

"Better for both parties to end their co-operation now"

"We have come to the conclusion that it is better for both parties to end their co-operation now," said Eberl on Wednesday.

Schubert's replacement - ex-Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking has been linked to the role - now has the four-week winter break to inject confidence in a team which has taken 16 points from their first 16 Bundesliga fixtures.

It is a sad end to Schubert's 15 months in charge, which saw him take Gladbach from the bottom of the league table to Champions League qualification after replacing Lucien Favre in September 2015.

Borussia Mönchengladbach's Mahmoud Dahoud reacts during his team's Bundesliga defeat to VfL Wolfsburg.

Sacked just three months after signing new deal

45-year-old Schubert only signed a contract extension in September, which would have run until 2019, but things went downhill fast this season.

Battling displays in their Champions League group against Barcelona, Manchester City and Celtic saw Gladbach finish third to qualify for the Europa League's knock-out stages.

But Schubert has ultimately paid the price for poor form in the Bundesliga, starting with a 4-0 drubbing by Schalke in early October which saw them pick up just six points in the next ten games.

Seventh Bundesliga coach to lose job this term

Schubert joins Dirk Schuster (Augsburg), Norbert Meier (Darmstadt), Markus Kauczinski (Ingolstadt), Dieter Hecking (Wolfsburg), Bruno Labbadia (Hamburg) and Viktor Skrypnyk (Werder Bremen) who have all been sacked this season.