Bremen - Robin Dutt has been relieved of his duties as SV Werder Bremen head coach with immediate effect, and the club's former U-23 coach Viktor Skripnik appointed in his stead.
'New impulse' needed
The 49-year-old, whose assistants Damir Buric and Marco Langner have also been released, is the third managerial casualty of the current Bundesliga campaign after Mirko Slomka (Hamburger SV) and Jens Keller (FC Schalke 04), and leaves behind a Bremen side currently bottom of the standings without a win in nine league games so far this season.
“We’d like to thank Robin and his team for their work,” said Bremen sporting director Thomas Eichin. “He steered the club through a difficult period with great passion over the last few months. However, in light of recent results we believe the team needs a new impulse in order to get out of the present situation.” Skripnik made 138 Bundesliga appearances for Bremen and has been on the club’s coaching staff since 2004, gradually working his way up through the different age categories to take charge of the reserves in 2013. The 44-year-old will be asissted by Florian Kohfeldt and former Bremen hero Torsten Frings on the touchline. Bremen announced the news on their official Twitter account on Saturday afternoon.
Elsewhere, Marco Bode has been announced as the club's new chairman of the supervisory board with the 45-year-old replacing club legend Willi Lemke.