Schalke fire coach Magath
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Struggling Bundesliga side Schalke said today that its board has fired coach Felix Magath with immediate effect following a crisis meeting.

Magath, 57, who has won the Bundesliga title with both Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich, has been under a cloud for some time with Schalke languishing tenth in the league.

Die Konigsblauen booked their place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals last week with a 3-1 win over Spain's Valencia, however, and beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 in the German League on Saturday.

"For Schalke's point of view there are very good reasons for this separation," Schalke chairman Clemens Tonnies told www.schalke04.de. "We will not make these public as a legal battle is now ahead of us. But we very relaxed about this process. What we have decided is a good result for Schalke."

After just 18 months in the job Schalke's board lost confidence in Magath being the man to lead the Gelsenkirchen club to their first Budesliga title since 1958. Magath also proved unpopular with both the fans and the players, who found his rigid regime hard to support.