Official | Hoffenheim sack André Breitenreiter, Pellegrino Matarazzo a replacement?

Hoffenheim have this morning confirmed the dismissal of head coach André Breitenreiter with immediate effect. The 49-year-old was appointed in the summer and had a contract until 2024.

“In André we were able to hire a trainer who, from day one, not only had a high level of acceptance in the team but also with the entire staff, our employees at the office and all fans and partners,” said Sporting Director Alexander Rosen. “We thank him for the pleasant cooperation and the many positive moments, especially at the beginning of our time together.”

Breitenreiter was appointed after winning the Swiss title with FC Zurich. After six games, Hoffenheim were fourth but have picked up just seven points in 13 games since. TSG are now down in 14th, three points above the relegation playoff, following their 5-2 defeat against relegation rivals Bochum.

As reported via Bild, former Stuttgart head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo is being lined up as a replacement. The 45-year-old has worked at Hoffenheim previously, first as the U17 head coach between 2017 and 2018, and then he was named as Julian Nagelsmann’s assistant. Since the departure of Nagelsmann, TSG have gone through three head coaches: Alfred Schreuder, Sebastian Hoeneß and Breitenreiter.

Hoffenheim have three difficult games ahead against Bayer Leverkusen, Augsburg and Borussia Dortmund.

GGFN | Daniel Pinder

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