Paderborn - With two games of the 2012/13 Bundesliga 2 season left to play, SC Paderborn and head coach Stephan Schmidt have mutually agreed to part ways.

The club acted on the back of a six-match winless run which leaves the club just five points above the drop zone. Former Paderborn striker Rene Müller, who had been working with the club's youth department, will assume control of first-team affairs on an interim basis until the end of the season.

“Difference in opinion”

"Stephan Schmidt has demonstrated a high level of expertise in footballing matters and will undoubtedly be successful in his coaching career," commented SCP president Wilfired Finke. "However, we have a difference in opinion on matters such as squad planning and the strategic direction of the team. Therefore, in order to re-establish the team’s impetus in the closing stages of the season, we decided upon an amicable separation.”

"Before the start of the season there had been a great upheaval in Paderborn," explained Schmidt. "I accepted the challenge to try and form a team that could compete in Bundesliga 2 made up of several young and inexperienced players. I have full faith in this team and wish the players and the club all the best in the future."