Kiel coach Ole Werner to miss the rest of the season

Holstein Kiel will be without head coach Ole Werner for the remainder of 2019-20 for personal reasons, as was announced on Tuesday. His assistants, Fabian Boll and Patrick Kohlmann, will take charge of the team for their final three games.

“We are aware of the responsibility towards our employees, but also of our sporting situation,” explained managerial director Uwe Stöver. “The entire coaching and functional team as well as the team will accept this situation with my full support and the trust of the entire club.”

The club have asked to respect the privacy of the 32-year-old, who is the youngest coach in the 2. Bundesliga. He has been in charge since September, initially as caretaker, following the sacking of André Schubert.

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Although not mathematically safe, only a dramatic series of results are likely to drag the Storks into realistic relegation trouble. They could still play a decisive part in the battle against the drop though with their remaining games against Dynamo Dresden, VfL Osnabrück and 1. FC Nürnberg.

Published by jamesrees1989

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