Ex Arsenal star sacked from coaching job at Wolfsburg

Jonker left Arsenal to become Wolfsburg's first-team manager in February 2017

"Andries Jonker has been stripped of his duties as head coach at VfL Wolfsburg with immediate effect", a club statement confirmed on Monday.

The club parted ways with ex-Arsenal academy director Andries Jonker, as well as his assistant Freddie Ljungberg, on Monday after Wolves picked up just four points from the opening four games of the campaign.

Former Mainz coach Martin Schmidt will take over after putting pen to paper on deal until June 2019.

The Swiss coach left Mainz by mutual consent in May after nearly three years in charge. He had had a positive impact though on the club when he replaced Kasper Hjulmand in early 2015, and led them into the UEFA Europa League after a sixth-place finish in his first full season.

"We're really pleased that we were able to bring Martin Schmidt to VfL Wolfsburg so quickly". "I am really looking forward to this challenge", he added, "although we don't have much time", before their next two matches.

The Dutchman, appointed at the end of February, took charge of 19 competitive games including the two-legged relegation playoff against Eintracht Brauschweig in May which Wolfsburg won 2-0 on aggregate to secure their top-flight status.

"It was not only the recent impressions of the Stuttgart game, but also the stagnation in the development of our team, which was newly formed in the summer".

Schmidt has little time to get used to his new surroundings.

Then follows a tough away match at Bayern Munich on Friday.



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