Markus Babbel has been sacked as head coach of Western Sydney Wanderers following a dismal run of results, becoming the third A-League boss removed from his position in as many weeks.
The German was relieved of his duties after he and his coaching staff were reportedly summoned to the club’s training ground for an emergency meeting on Monday morning following a run of one win in 11 A-League matches.
The players were absent from the training ground as part of a scheduled day off following the 1-0 defeat to Perth Glory on Sunday night.
Wanderers have only managed to pick up four wins so far this season – three of which came in the first four games of the season – and have fallen to ninth on the A-League ladder, four points off the playoffs.
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Babbel has been in charge of the club for 41 games in total, but has only managed to win 10 of those, a win percentage of less than 25 per cent.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the club had been expected to wait until the return from overseas of chairman Paul Lederer, but such was the vitriol following the latest defeat that the board were convinced to act sooner than planned.
“It is unfortunate that we have needed to take this course of action because we have a great relationship with Markus,” said Lederer.
“However we firmly believe that we have a great squad and the results are most definitely not reflective of the ability of the players at this club and certainly do not reflect the aspirations of the Western Sydney Wanderers Football Club.
“We have total faith in the group of players here at the Wanderers and look forward to pushing on with renewed vigour towards the finals series.”
Jean Paul de Marigny will take over the coaching of the team on a temporary basis and supported by assistant coach Labinot Haliti while the search for the next manager takes place.
Babbel is the third A-League manager to lose his job in recent weeks after Marco Kurz was sacked by Melbourne Victory last week and Ernie Merrick removed from his role at Newcastle Jets the week before.