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Verbeek reveals disappointment after Nuremberg axe

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 23 Apr 2014


Gertjan Verbeek has spoken of his disappointment at being sacked by Bundesliga strugglers Nuremberg on Wednesday.

The Dutchman left the club a place and a point off the bottom of the German top flight – having only been in charge for just over six months.

After only one win in their last nine Bundesliga matches, a run that has left them five points adrift of safety, Nuremberg opted to dismiss Verbeek ahead of their three remaining games.

However, Verbeek – who was sacked by Eredivisie club AZ in September – says he had confidence in his players to turn their form around, adding that a lengthy injury list was partly to blame for their struggles.

The 51-year-old also explained an offer had been made for him to stay on at Nuremberg, even if they suffered relegation.

“It feels really bad to be fired twice in a year, first at AZ and now (at Nuremberg),” Verbeek said in quotes reported by Algemeen Dagblad.

“The technical director called me in the middle of a wedding – luckily I heard the phone.

“Life goes on. We had seven long-term injured players in a squad that was already limited. Then you know that you are going to have a hard struggle.

“The Bundesliga is a tough competition, everyone knows that. I wanted to fight this fight and I had confidence in my players. But it was not to be.

“This offer was made to ​​me last week and now suddenly it is no longer. I understand the turmoil within the club – mutual trust is gone.”


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