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Lowly Darmstadt sack coach after losses

dpa logodpa 5/12/2016

A loss to hapless Hamburg was the last straw for lowly Bundesliga club Darmstadt, who've sacked coach Norbert Meier after only five months in the job.

Ailing Darmstadt have released coach Norbert Meier from his duties after little more than five months in the job, the Bundesliga club says.

Meier, 58, had to go the day after a 2-0 home defeat against until-then winless SV Hamburg - their fifth-straight league defeat - which dropped them into the danger zone in 16th place, just two points above bottom side Ingolstadt.

Sports director Holger Fach had also been released, the club said.

Darmstadt said youth team coach Ramon Berndroth would act as caretaker.

"We came to the conclusion after yesterday's game and its analysis that we need a new impulse to stop the negative trend. Therefore we decided to take this step. We thank Norbert Meier and Holger Fach for their work," club president Ruediger Fritsch said.

Meier joined Darmstadt in summer in succession of Dirk Schuster who moved on to Augsburg.

Schuster had defied the odds when he kept the team in the top flight in their first season 2015-16 after a long absence.

But things have not gone so well since his departure as Darmstadt have only two wins from 13 games, and crashed out of the German cup against fourth-division Astoria Walldorf.

Meier is the fifth ousted top flight coach this season, following Viktor Skripnik (Bremen), Bruno Labbadia (Hamburg), Dieter Hecking (Wolfsburg) and Markus Kauczinski (Ingolstadt).

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