What wasn’t entirely unexpected, is now official: Bruno Labbadia has been sacked from his managerial post at VfB Stuttgart as announced by Stuttgart’s official website. Labbadia’s dismissal has been triggered due to a string of poor results that sees them still without a point after three Bundesliga games (with defeats to Mainz, Leverkusen and Augsburg) and poor performances in the Europa League, after they only scraped past on away goals to Botev Plovdiv (1-1) and lost the first leg of the competition’s playoff round against Rijeka (2-1).
Despite last season’s DFB Pokal final appearance, Stuttgart endured a tough 2012/2013 season finishing in a lowly 12th position which included 15 defeats, and reached the last 16 of the Europa League only to be knocked out 5-1 on aggregate by Lazio.
Labbadia was hired by Stuttgart in December 2010 after the sacking of Christian Gross, with Jens Keller filling in as interim manager for two months in between. He picked up the club 17th in the table and finished the season in 12th position. The following season was to be a much better one for the Swabians as Labbadia lead them to a 6th place finish.
In January 2013, Labbadia’s contract was extended until 2015 but seven months are a long time in football and he has now become the Bundesliga’s first managerial casualty of the season.
More info at 1500 CET at Stuttgart’s press conference
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