Mainz and Schmidt part ways

Martin Schmidt

1. FSV Mainz 05 have revealed that they have parted ways with manager Martin Schmidt following a “mutual and amicable” agreement.

The 50-year-old former FC Raron and FC Thun II coach, led Mainz to 15th in the Bundesliga this season.

Last term, Schmidt had steered the club to a fifth-placed finish and a place in the Europa League group stages, having joined the club in 2010 where he worked with the youth and reserve side before taking over the first team in February 2015.

A statement from the club read: “FSV Mainz 05 have parted company with head coach Martin Schmidt. The Swiss man had been in charge of the first team since February 2015.”

Club sporting director Rouven Schröder added: “This mutual and amicable termination of our cooperation comes after a very frank and honest conversation with Martin Schmidt on Sunday evening.

“We have taken this decision as a result of our analysis of the current season and the lack of a prospect of continuing our work until his contract runs out in 2018. Martin Schmidt also agreed with this.

“We now require a new impulse and perspective on developing the club after a difficult season. Our unanimous decision was taken on the basis of a clear and professional view on the whole club.

“Even if we’ve parted company prematurely, we will still maintain a good relationship, as Martin Schmidt has performed very well for us over the last five years both in the Bundesliga and with our U23s. He has left his mark on this club. We wish him all the best for the future.”

The club further revealed that they have not identified a new manager, while assistant coaches Peter Perchtold and Sören Hartung have also left the club.

“I hope to resolve this issue quickly, but we will not be influenced by external factors. This season has taught us that we should make important decisions calmly and consistently,” Schröder concluded.

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