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Cologne bring in Gisdol as part of reshuffle

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 18 Nov 2019

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Bundesliga strugglers Cologne have announced Markus Gisdol as their new head coach, while Horst Heldt has been appointed sporting director.

Gisdol has signed a contract that runs until June 2021 and replaces the recently sacked Achim Beierlorzer, who returned to work on Monday with German top-flight rivals Mainz.

Beierlorzer lost his final four games at the helm to leave Cologne 17th and at risk of relegation from the top tier.

Gisdol will be joined by a new sporting director in Heldt, who has also penned a one-and-a-half-year deal, in the hope major changes can lead to an upturn in fortunes.

Former Hoffenheim and Hamburg boss Gisdol told the club’s official website: “Cologne is a top club in German football. 

“The current situation is not easy, but I know these challenges and I am totally convinced that we can overcome these. I want to help the team as quickly as possible, to come back to their undoubted potential.”

Cologne return to action after the international break with a trip to second-place RB Leipzig at the weekend.

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