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Würzburg Kick Out Antwerpen

Updated: Nov 10, 2020

As reported in the local media on Sunday evening, Würzburger Kickers today confirmed that recently appointed head coach Marco Antwerpen had been relieved of his duties after just five matches in charge.

Antwerpen (pictured) had replaced the popular Michael Schiele at the Flyeralarm Arena last month but, as the Kickers have struggled to adapt to life in Bundesliga.2, four successive defeats (including a 1-4 reverse at FC Heidenheim 1846 on Friday night) has seen the club hierarchy replace him with former SV Waldhof Mannheim coach Bernhard Trares. Referring to Antwerpen's appointment, Kickers' Director of Football Felix Magath admitted "I made a mistake".

Before turning his hand to coaching, 55-year-old Trares played 183 Bundesliga and 275 Bundesliga.2 games and was once a player under Magath at Werder Bremen. After spells in charge at Wormatia Worms and FC Schalke 04 II, he led SV Waldhof Mannheim to the Regionalliga Südwest title and promotion to the 3.Liga in 2019 before leaving in July this year after rejecting a new contract offer from the Palatinate club. He will take his place in the FWK hot-seat for the first time on 22nd November against Hannover 96 with Würzburg hoping that, after saying Auf Wiedersehen to Schiele and Antwerpen already this season, Trares' appointment will be a case of third time lucky.

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