Bayer Leverkusen have sacked coach Michael Skibbe after the club failed to qualify for the UEFA Cup.
Leverkusen won only one of their last six Bundesliga matches of the season, were still in fourth spot before last weekend’s final round but lost 1-0 to second-placed Werder Bremen and were overtaken by Hamburg, Wolfsburg and Stuttgart, to finish the season in seventh place.
“Because of recent Bundesliga results and the failure to achieve the season’s goal of reaching the UEFA Cup we have decided to part with Michael Skibbe with immediate effect,” managing director Wolfgang Holzhaeuser said on the club’s web site.
“We long wrestled with the decision in many meetings because Michael Skibbe did a very good job overall during his tenure,” he added. “But there was much that argued for a fresh start with a new coach for next season.”
Skibbe, who was deputy to Germany coach Rudi Voeller from 2000 to June 2004 took charge at Leverkusen in October 2005. He is the second Bundesliga coaching casualty since the season ended in Germany. Thomas Doll resigned as coach of Borussia Dortmund on Monday after the 1997 Champions League winners finished in 13th spot.