Amidst a poor run which has seen his side slip into a relegation battle, Bayern Munich rivals FC Augsburg have fired their head coach, Heiko Herrlich.
With three games to go in the season, Der Fuggerstädter sit in 13th with a 9W-6D-16L record and only 33 points — currently putting them four points above 16th place 1. FC Köln and the relegation playoff spot.
The firing comes after a 1-1-3 record over Augsburg’s last five games, including back-to-back losses to Eintracht Frankfurt and the aforementioned Köln. With three games to go (at Stuttgart, vs. Werder Bremen, at Bayern Munich), it’s going to be a tough road ahead for Augsburg.
Replacing him is Markus Weinzierl. The former Bayern Munich II player was head coach at Augsburg from the 2012/2013 season until the 2015/2016 season, when he left to coach Schalke 04. During his time as head coach, he led Augsburg to a Europa League spot in his final season with the club. His most impressive feat in the league came when his 2013/2014 team defeated Bayern Munich to end a 53-match unbeaten streak, which made FC Augsburg the first team from the city to defeat Bayern since 1961.
After being sacked from Schalke after just one season, Weinzierl joined his last managed club, VfB Stuttgart for the 2018/2019 season, where he was also sacked after one season.