Robert Palikuca to leave Nürnberg after near-disastrous season

1. FC Nürnberg have confirmed they have agreed to part company with sporting director Robert Palikuca.

The 42-year-old leaves after just over a year in the role, having overseen an awful season for Der Club, which almost saw them relegated to the 3. Liga through the play-off.

Palikuca oversaw the appointment of two permanent managers – Damir Canadi and Jens Keller – who both proved poor choices, whilst he was also responsible for a number of expensive flops in the playing squad.

He will officially leave the leave the role at the end of the month, and will be supported by Michael Wiesinger, who had been in charge of the first team for the play-offs against Ingolstadt, with “projects that are nearing completion” in the meantime.

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“We thank Robert Palikuca for the cooperation and wish him all the best for the future,” said supervisory board chairman Thomas Grethlein in a statement. “After an open and factual analysis, we decided together to end the collaboration.”

“After securing survival, we sat down as discussed and discussed the situation together,” added Palikuca. “After intensive discussions, we came to this decision. I wish the club all the best for the future.”

There are no indications of how this will impact their search for a new coach. Wiesinger, along with Marek Mintál, were only in interim charge for the Ingolstadt games, however Mintál would be the popular choice given his legendary status amongst the fans. Wiesinger, currently head of their academy, could be a candidate to replace Palikuca.

In other Club news, Mikael Ishak has officially signed for Polish side Lech Poznan after completing a medical. He was out of contract at Nürnberg and had been one of seven players given a send off following the final game at the weekend.

Article updated 20:33 following confirmation of Ishak transfer.

Published by jamesrees1989

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