Bundesliga 2 side 1. FC Union Berlin have confirmed that Sascha Lewandowski will leave his role as coach of the club due to health concerns.

The 44-year-old was absent from the dugout for the club's last two matches, and it has now been confirmed that he is suffering from "acute exhaustion syndrome". Union officials and Lewandowski himself have now mutually agreed to terminate his contract as coach.

Health takes priority

"I had hoped that a short break would help, but unfortunately that hasn't been the case," said Lewandowski. "I have to accept that I can't work with the energy that I'm used to working with as coach and that the team deserve. This situation is unsustainable for the players and the club."

"We're very sad that our association has to end, but Sascha Lewandowski's health is more important than the continuation of his work as coach," affirmed club chairman Lutz Munack. "Everyone at Union wishes him and speedy and full recovery."

Union, currently 11th in the Bundesliga 2 table, won seven of their 19 matches under the former Bayer 04 Leverkusen boss. The capital club are next in action at home to FSV Frankfurt on Matchday 25 this Saturday.