Bayern sack van Gaal

Louis Van Gaal celebrates Bayerns equaliser to ease the pressure on him.
Image: Van Gaal: Axed

Bayern Munich have sacked coach Louis van Gaal 24 hours after Saturday's 1-1 draw at Nurnberg

German giants act after dropping out of Champions League spots

Bayern Munich have sacked coach Louis van Gaal 24 hours after Saturday's 1-1 draw at Nurnberg The Dutchman was due to leave the club at the end of the season but his departure has now been brought forward, with the club fourth in the Bundesliga and struggling to ensure qualification for next season's UEFA Champions League. Van Gaal led the club to the league title last season, his first at the club, and also to the final of the Champions League. His assistant Andries Jonker has been placed in caretaker charge until the end of the season, when Jupp Heynckes will succeed him as the club's new permanent boss. A club statement read: "The board, director of sport and president of FC Bayern took this decision together "After the 1-1 draw in Nurnberg yesterday and the renewed slide to fourth in the table, and with the threat of missing out on the minimum aim of a place in the Champions League next season, this decision was taken in FC Bayern's best interests. "Louis van Gaal's assistants Frans Hoek, Jos van Dijk and Max Reckers have also been relieved of their duties."

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