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Bayer Leverkusen coach Thomas Hoerster will remain in charge until the end of the season after the struggling Bundesliga clubturned down his offer to resign.

The 46-year-old Hoerster, who has only been in charge at the BayArena sinceFebruary, revealed that he was ready to leave if Leverkusen could find a replacement.

But commercial manager Reiner Calmund told a news conference that the club had decided Hoerster would remain in charge after the coach received a vote of confidence from the players.

“The players gave clear and unanimous support to Hoerster,” Calmund said.

Leverkusen, the 2002 Champions League and Bundesliga runners-up, slipped back into the relegation zone after losing 3-0 at Stuttgart on Saturday. They are now 16th in the league with 30 points from 28 games, one pointbehind Bochum 1848.

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