Cottbus - FC Energie Cottbus and head coach Rudi Bommer have reached a mutual agreement to part ways with immediate effect.

Assistant coach Uwe Speidel will assume responsibility for the first team in the meantime, as Cottbus embark on their search for a suitable replacement.

Fresh impetus

On the back of their most recent run of poor form in the Bundesliga 2, which has seen the Eastern German side slip down into the relegation places, it was agreed that a change of direction was needed. "We analysed the situation in a very objective manner and came to the conclusion together, to alleviate the pressure on the team by making a change," explained club president Ulrich Lepsch, who had warm words for the departing Bommer. "It honours the coach, that his decision was always about the club and not about himself."

Bommer has already met with the team to explain his decision, but will continue to cross his fingers for Cottbus. "I had a wonderful time in Cottbus," explained the 56-year-old. "I would like the thank the players, but above all the figures behind the scenes, the staff and the various committees, who created a very pleasant atmosphere within the club."

Cottbus are next in action when they travel to FC St. Pauli on Matchday 14.