Bochum have this afternoon announced the dismissal of head coach Thomas Reis and assistant Markus Gellhaus following their winless start to the Bundesliga season. U19 coach Heiko Butscher takes over on an interim basis.
“It should be clear to everyone that this decision is not easy for us,” said VfL managing director Patrick Fabian. “Thomas Reis has a connection to the club and the city that goes beyond the successful past three years. It’s also true that there were efforts before the season to continue working together.
“Since the contract negotiations were increasingly affecting public perception, we decided together with the coach to postpone them and then communicated it that way.
“We urgently need to find solutions to improve the very difficult sporting situation and at the same time ignore issue that have a negative impact on is. Heiko Butscher has agreed to take over the team on an interim basis until further notice. At the same time, we’re working on finding a successor.”
Bochum have lost each of their six Bundesliga games this season, scoring just four and conceding 18.