Elite League: Peterborough sack boss Jan Staechmann as Ryan Sullivan returns
Peterborough have axed boss Jan Staechmann with club legend Ryan Sullivan returning to the Showground.
Last Updated: 06/06/13 11:11am
The Panthers are currently bottom of the Elite League table and have suffered four home defeats already this season.
They have now made changes to their managerial teams which means with previous manager Staechmann, leaves after 18 months in charge.
Sullivan acclaimed legendary status during his five spells with the Panthers having twice been part of Elite League-winning teams - first in 1999, and then in the never-to-be-forgotten climax to the 2006 campaign.
It was also during 2006 that he enjoyed a well-deserved ten-year Testimonial at the Showground, but he is now ready to link up again with the club that he served for nearly twelve seasons.
Panthers co-promoter Trevor Swales said: "We wish Jan all the very best for the future in whatever he decides to do. He has been an absolute pleasure to work with, but unfortunately things just haven't worked out.
"We left team matters to Jan and obviously we've been desperate to see an improvement, but now the club have had to do something and we have gone for a new structure.
"Ryan knows everyone at the club, of course, and I am sure everyone will welcome him back. I am convinced he will prove to be as big an asset to us on the management side as he was when he was riding.
"We understand the supporters' frustration so far this season, we want to get them cheering again, and I'm sure Ryan's appointment will prove to be a positive move for us all."
Panthers owner Rick Frost added: "We welcome Ryan back to the Panthers in a managerial role and we look forward to working with him. He knows the club extremely well and was very popular with the supporters from his time here as a rider.
"We also thank Jan for all his hard work during his time here with us and we wish him well in whatever he decides to do in the future."