Schalke Dismisses Coach Felix Magath After Club Slips to 10th in League

Felix Magath was dismissed as coach of German soccer team Schalke 04 after a patchy season that has left the club 10th in the Bundesliga, while reaching the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

Magath, 57, who had a contract until 2013, was also the club’s general manager. His firing was announced on Schalke’s website after a supervisory board meeting that he didn’t attend. He’s leaving with immediate effect.

“From FC Schalke’s point of view there are very good reasons for this parting,” supervisory board chairman Clemens Toennies said on the website. “We will not communicate these publicly because judicial proceedings are pending.”

Schalke is now the only German team left in the Champions League after Bayern Munich’s defeat by defending champion Inter Milan. The Gelsenkirchen-based club has been less successful domestically, winning nine of 26 league games this season after finishing second to Bayern last year. It’s also reached the final of the German Cup where it will play Duisburg.

Magath joined Schalke in 2009 from Wolfsburg, which he led to its first Bundesliga title.

He previously won back-to-back league and cup doubles with Bayern Munich before being fired in January 2007.

As a player, he scored in Hamburg’s 1-0 win over Juventus in the 1983 European Cup final. He was a three-time league winner with Hamburg and represented West Germany.

Magath’s managerial career also includes spells at Hamburg, Eintracht Frankfurt and Stuttgart.

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