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Funkel to leave Fortuna Düsseldorf after this season

By Bulinews Team

Fortuna Düsseldorf and head coach Friedhelm Funkel will go separate ways at the end of the season.

Friedhelm Funkel.
Friedhelm Funkel.Photo: Fuguito/CC-by-SA 3.0
Friedhelm Funkel leave Fortuna Düsseldorf when his contract as the club's head coach expires this summer, the club have announced.

According to a statement on Fortuna Düsseldorf's website, the club wanted to see how the second half of the season would develop before discussing a possible extension with Funkel.

However, the 65-year-old insisted that he wanted to sign a new deal this month, and the parties were ultimately unable to find a compromise.

"We respect Friedhelm's decision and deeply regret that we were unable to reach an agreement. The entire club, Friedhelm Funkel and the team will now give everything to stay in the league," Fortuna Düsseldorf boss Robert Schäfer says, as quoted on the club's website.

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