Bayer Leverkusen fires coach Roger Schmidt after dismal run


Published 9:08 a.m. ET March 5, 2017 | Updated 1 hour ago

LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen fired Roger Schmidt as coach on Sunday with the side enduring its worst Bundesliga season for 14 years.

Leverkusen’s shareholders’ committee and supervisory board decided to let Schmidt go on the recommendation of club management. The club said a successor will be named “soon.”

Schmidt’s position had been called into question on several occasions this season but Saturday’s 6-2 loss at Borussia Dortmund ended the club’s patience. It was Leverkusen’s third straight defeat in all competitions, including the 4-2 defeat at home to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

Leverkusen lost five of its last seven games in all competitions.

“In view of the current sporting development we came to the conclusion after very detailed analysis and consultation that a separation, although painful, is unavoidable for…

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