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BREAKING: Schmidt sacked as Leverkusen boss logo 05-03-2017

Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen have confirmed that manager Roger Schmidt has been relieved of his duties following a troubling run of form.

A 6-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday proved to be the final straw for the under-fire coach.

Prior to that, he had overseen a 2-0 home defeat to Mainz and a 4-2 reversal against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

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With their European adventure seemingly set to come to an end at the last 16 stage, and with their league standing slipping, Leverkusen have decided to act now.

They have fallen to ninth place in the German top-flight, five points adrift of the European spots and 11 behind the top four.

Leverkusen have suffered 11 defeats in 23 Bundesliga fixtures this season, the worst record of any side in the top half.

They have also conceded 38 times, with no side above them in the standings having been breached on more occasions.

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