Stuttgart parts ways with Hannes Wolf as coach

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STUTTGART, Germany (AP) Stuttgart is looking for a new coach after parting company with Hannes Wolf.

The Bundesliga side says the decision was made following discussions with Wolf that lasted well into the night after Stuttgart’s 2-0 loss at home to Schalke on Saturday.

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It was Stuttgart’s seventh loss in eight Bundesliga games and it leaves the side just three points above the relegation zone.

Stuttgart sporting director Michael Reschke says, “We need a new impulse to get back onto a more successful track. None of us wanted to be in this situation and we would very much have liked to have continued working with Hannes, because he is an exceptional coach and a wonderful character.”

The 36-year-old Wolf led Stuttgart to promotion as second division champion last season. He had been in charge since September 2016.

Wolf says he is “very grateful for almost a year and a half of unbelievably intensive and mostly wonderful times.”

Stuttgart says a decision on a successor will be made “in the next few days.”