Wolfsburg part ways with Jonker

Andries Jonker

VfL Wolfsburg board spokesman Wolfgang Hotze has confirmed the club have parted ways with coach Andries Jonker after a difficult start to the 2017/18 Bundesliga season.

The Wolves have struggled in this campaign having collected collecting just one win in four league games which was away to Eintracht Frankfurt. The Lower Saxony-based outfit are currently 14th in the standings. 

Jonker was brought as a replacement for Valerien Ismael last February and he successfully helped the side avoid relegation by gaining four victories and winning a two-legged relegation playoff against Eintracht Braunschweig in May.   

Hotze told reporters, "This decision has not come on the back of the performance against Stuttgart (a 1-0 loss last Saturday) but comes down to the palpable stagnation in the development of the team. 

"We would like to thank Andries Jonker and his staff for what they did late on last season to save Wolfsburg from relegation."

Meanwhile, chairman Dr Tim Schumacher added, "It was not an easy decision for any of us to take this decision so early in the season. However, we were unanimous in our internal discussions that we wanted to have a new coaching team going forward."