Leipzig part company with coach Ralph Hasenhuettl
By The Associated Press
Last Updated: 16/05/18 2:11pm
Leipzig and coach Ralph Hasenhuettl have parted company after failing to reach agreement on a new deal.
The Bundesliga club said they wanted Hasenhuettl to stay until his contract expired next year but "this did not meet the wishes" of the 50-year-old Austrian.
"He did not want to go into the upcoming season without an extension to his current contract," Leipzig said in a statement. "Therefore, both parties mutually agreed to end the cooperation after two very successful years."
Hasenhuettl, who took over the newly-promoted side in 2016, led Leipzig to second place and the Champions League in their debut Bundesliga season.
Faced with the added burden of European football, Leipzig still clinched sixth place to secure a spot in next season's Europa League.
Hasenhuettl reportedly met with Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff and sporting director Ralf Rangnick for talks on Tuesday, but failed to get the reassurances he wanted.
Rangnick had said on Sunday that Hasenhuettl would still be in charge next season, but the breakdown in trust between the parties has forced the club to look for a new coach.