May 13, 2017 / 6:25 PM / 3 months ago

Leverkusen to part ways with coach Korkut at season end

Bayer Leverkusen coach Tayfun Korkut Reuters / Kai Pfaffenbach

BERLIN (Reuters) - Bayer Leverkusen will not extend coach Tayfun Korkut's contract at the end of the season, the German club said on Saturday after their 2-2 draw against Cologne on Saturday made sure they would stay up.

Korkut took over in March from Roger Schmidt but instead of leading them up the table and onto a European spot, the former Turkey international saw them sink deeper down into relegation trouble.

Leverkusen had to dig deep to come back from a two-goal deficit against Cologne and earn the crucial point that will keep them in the Bundesliga with a game left in the season.

"We are thankful to Tayfun Korkut for having taken over at a difficult time," said club CEO Michael Schade. "But football is a result sport and unfortunately the results were not right."

Leverkusen are on 12th spot, three points above the relegation playoff spot.

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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