By Rune Gjerulff@runegjerulff

Urs Fischer leaves Union Berlin

Urs Fischer is leaving his position as head coach of Union Berlin.
After five years, 1. FC Union Berlin and Urs Fischer are parting ways with immediate effect.

The Bundesliga club confirmed that after a poor start to the season, both sides have decided to end Fischer's tenure as head coach.

"I recently made it clear that Urs Fischer is an outstanding coach, and I remain absolutely convinced of that," said Union Berlin president Dirk Zingler.

"His personality and his successful work have characterised our club in recent years and opened many new opportunities for us. In the five and a half years that we have worked together, we have developed a respect and trust for each other that has enabled us to always exchange ideas openly and honestly. Together, we have now come to the conclusion that the time has come to take a different path."

Fischer himself commented:

"The last few weeks have cost a lot of strength. We've tried a lot, and the team has put in a lot of effort, but it hasn't paid off in terms of results. I am very grateful for the confidence I have always felt here. Nevertheless, it feels right to make a change now. Sometimes a different face, a different way of addressing a team helps to spark a development.

"I've got to know and appreciate an exceptional club in Union. My thanks go to the players I have been able to work with, Markus Hoffmann and my team, the club's management, and staff, as well as the fans. I am very lucky to have experienced this extremely positive kind of support. I wish Union all the best and am convinced that they will manage to stay in the league."

The Swiss coach took the reins at Union Berlin in 2018, leading the club to promotion to the Bundesliga in his first season in charge.

Finishing seventh, fifth and fourth, Union qualified for the UEFA Conference League, Europa League and ultimately the Champions League competitions for the first time in the club's history during his tenure.

He was voted Coach of the Year in the summer of 2023.

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