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Mainz dismiss manager Achim Beierlorzer after defeats and player unrest

Team lost first two Bundesliga games and players boycotted training session

Mainz dismissed their manager Achim Beierlorzer. AFP
Mainz dismissed their manager Achim Beierlorzer. AFP

Bundesliga club Mainz parted ways with manager Achim Beierlorzer on Monday after the team lost their first two Bundesliga games and players boycotted a training session.

Mainz said assistant coach Jan-Moritz Lichte will take charge of the team until further notice and the club will continue an investigation of the team’s troubled start to the season.

Mainz players refused to take part in a training session on Wednesday in a dispute over the status of striker Adam Szalai. The club said the 32-year-old Hungarian forward would not get playing time this season and he was sent to train with the under-23 team.

That came amid tension over a coronavirus pandemic pay cut. Mainz players gave up part of their salaries last season. Chairman Stefan Hofmann said on Friday the club had discussed repaying the money during talks in March, but players were told that will not now happen because the club’s financial situation has worsened.

Beierlorzer took over as coach in November and guided Mainz away from the relegation battle last season to a 13th-place finish. The team lost 3-1 to Leipzig in their opening Bundesliga game of 2020/21 and followed up with a 4-1 home defeat to promoted Stuttgart on Saturday.

Beierlorzer is the second Bundesliga manager fired this season – Schalke dismissed David Wagner on Sunday after an 18-game winless run.

Updated: September 28, 2020 06:47 PM

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