Football: Stuttgart sack coach Bruno Labbadia after 3 losses
BERLIN (REUTERS) - Stuttgart sacked coach Bruno Labbadia on Monday, a day after his team slumped to a third loss in as many Bundesliga matches this season to sit one place off the bottom of the 18-team league without a point.
"VfB Stuttgart have parted ways with head coach Bruno Labbadia as well as assistant coach Erdinc Soezer effective immediately," the club said in a brief statement.
A news conference was planned for later on Monday, it said. Labbadia, who joined Stuttgart in late 2010 and saw his team lose 1-2 to Augsburg on Saturday, becomes the first coaching casualty of the season after only three match days.
The 47-year-old former striker, who has also coached Leverkusen and Hamburg, had rescued Stuttgart from relegation in 2011 and steered them to the Europa League the next season.