A furious Stale Solbakken has hit out at Cologne after he was replaced as manager of the struggling Bundesliga club today.
A statement from Cologne this afternoon revealed Solbakken had been given leave, and replaced by former boss Frank Schaefer, following Tuesday night's 4-0 thumping at Mainz. Defeat left Cologne, who have nosedived on the back of just one league win in ten games, a point from safety with a tricky run-in that ends with the visit of Bayern Munich.
The decision to remove Solbakken has, however, infuriated the Norwegian boss who claimed this afternoon that he had in fact been sacked. "Yes, it's over. I've been sacked, but I can't say anything more than that," he told Norwegian station TV2. "I can't say anything other than that I've been sacked and I'm furious."
Solbakken's claims were at odds with a statement from the club which indicated he had been placed on leave. Schaefer will take charge ahead of what has become a crucial derby at Champions League-chasing Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday.
"With four rounds remaining in the season Frank Schaefer will, with immediate effect, take over training the first team until the end of the season," the club's statement read. "He is already preparing them for the derby against Borussia Monchengladbach Stale Solbakken is on leave. This decision was made at a general meeting of the board and against the backdrop of the current situation."