March 14, 2019 / 7:55 PM / 4 days ago

Schalke sack coach Tedesco after Man City mauling

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Round of 16 Second Leg - Manchester City v Schalke 04 - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - March 12, 2019 Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco before the match REUTERS/Andrew Yates/File Photo

(Reuters) - Schalke 04 fired coach Domenico Tedesco two days after they lost 7-0 to Manchester City in the Champions League last 16 second leg, the German club said on Thursday.

The mauling in Manchester, completing a 10-2 aggregate loss, was the fifth consecutive defeat for a side lying fifth-bottom of the Bundesliga.

“Head coach Domenico Tedesco and assistant coach Peter Perchtold have been relieved of their duties with immediate effect,” Schalke said in a statement.

Interim coach Huub Stevens will take charge of the team for Saturday’s league game against RB Leipzig.

“He (Tedesco) developed the side very well last season that ended with us finishing runners-up,” sporting director Jochen Schneider said.

“However, we can’t fail to recognise that the development this season has been negative.”

Reporting by Andrew Downie, editing by Ed Osmond

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