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Bayern Munich axe Klinsmann

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bayern Munich have confirmed the sacking of coach Jürgen Klinsmann two days after the club lost at home to Schalke 1-0 in the latest of a string of disappointing results.

The defeat left the reigning champions in third spot, three points adrift of leaders Wolfsburg with five games of the season to go.

The 44-year-old Klinsmann only took charge of the club last summer, but lost seven of his 29 Bundesliga matches at the helm, including five of the 12 games played since the turn of the year.

The Bavarian giants were also knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona in the quarter-finals.

"It was a difficult decision," club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. "But the results from the last weeks, the way they came about and especially the situation five rounds before the end of the season forced us to act due to due our responsibility towards the club.

"With Jupp Heynckes and (assistant) Hermann Gerland we have two experienced coaches, to whom we have handed the management of the team until the end of the season."

Heynckes has been appointed as the club's caretaker until the end of the season and he will preside over training from Tuesday morning.

The 63-year-old was Bayern boss between 1987 and 1991, and won two Bundesliga titles during his time in charge.

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