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VfL boss dismissed

Bochum fire head coach Heiko Herrlich

VfL Bochum will be guided through the last two matches of the season by a new head coach. Two days before the relegation-threatened club’s trip to face Bayern, the Ruhr Valley outfit have announced the dismissal of boss Heiko Herrlich and installed Dariusz Wosz in his place.

Ex-Dortmund striker and German FA coaching staff member Herrlich took the Bochum helm on 27 October 2009 after Marcel Koller was relieved of his duties. Former Vfl captain and local idol Wosz will take charge of the first team until the end of the campaign. “I was surprised, but I didn’t hesitate for a second before saying yes. I’ll try and release all the mental pressure inhibiting the players at the moment," Wosz commented.

The Bochum board opted to dismiss Herrlich after a dismal run of ten matches without a win, which has seen VfL slide to 16th in the standings. That would entail a relegation play-off against the side finishing third in the second division. “It’s about turning the corner and making sure we grasp the last straw. We want this team to show a different face,” said director of sport Thomas Ernst.