Bundesliga club 1. FC Köln have sacked head coach Peter Stöger.
The club released a statement on Sunday morning following their 2-2 draw against Schalke 04.
Köln President Werner Spinner: “Our responsibility is to try everything in order to stay up in the league. Until recently, we hoped that we could do this in the constellation with Peter, his staff, and this team. Despite the positive result against Schalke, we unfortunately no longer have this conviction. This is why, in the current situation, it is important to bring a stimulus into the position of head coach, despite this being a very difficult and heavy decision for us to make.”
Peter Stöger: “It was clear to us on Friday that the Schalke match would be our last. We decided to wait until Sunday to communicate this in order to fully concentrate on the match. It is in the best interest of the club and especially the team that a decision was made and clarity restored. To the players, the staff at the club, the fans, and the city of Cologne: you have grown dear to the hearts of Manni Schmid and I, and we will keep our fingers crossed that my successor manages to keep 1. FC Köln in the Bundesliga.”
Stefan Ruthenbeck will take charge of the first team until the winter break.