Werder Bremen sack coach

Bremen's Ukrainian head coach Viktor Skripnik reacts during the German first division Bundesliga football match of Borussia Moenchengladbach vs Werder Bremen in Moenchengladbach, western Germany, on September 17, 2016. As it was announced on September 18, 2016, Skripnik was sacked due to bad results. Roland Weihrauch / AFP

Bremen’s Ukrainian head coach Viktor Skripnik reacts during the German first division Bundesliga football match of Borussia Moenchengladbach vs Werder Bremen in Moenchengladbach, western Germany, on September 17, 2016. As it was announced on September 18, 2016, Skripnik was sacked due to bad results.<br />Roland Weihrauch / AFP

Werder Bremen sacked coach Viktor Skripnik on Sunday after the club’s third Bundesliga defeat in a row marked their worst ever start to a season.

Werder were thrashed 4-1 by Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday and are bottom of the table with zero points and 12 goals conceded after just three league games.

“We took this decision because after the match at Moenchengladbach, we no longer held the conviction that a positive turnaround was possible in the current configuration,” club sports director Frank Baumann said.

Under-23 coach Alexander Nouri will stand-in as first team coach until a successor is found for Skripnik, 46, a former Ukranian international who helped Werder to a league and cup double as a player in 2004.

Saturday’s defeat was the fourth in a row for the club, including the latest league defeat to Moenchengladbach, Werder’s elimination from the German Cup by a third division side as well as league defeats to Bayern Munich (0-6) and Augsburg (1-2).



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