By Rune Gjerulff@runegjerulff

Official: Streich to leave Freiburg this summer

After more than 12 years as Freiburg head coach, Christian Streich is stepping down this summer.
SC Freiburg have confirmed that head coach Christian Streich will step down at the end of the season.

Streich has held various coaching positions at SC Freiburg since 1995 and has been head coach since December 2011.

"I took a long time to reflect and discuss the decision, but I feel that after 29 years, now is the right time to make way for new impetus, new people and new opportunities. It has always been extremely important to me to make sure to step back at the right moment in which I feel it's the right time to go," said Streich and added:

"I have been able to enjoy hundreds of special moments and memories during my time at SC. This club is my life and I'm extremely grateful for the close cooperation and support that I've been able to enjoy here. I'm excited to see what comes next for this club and I know that the right decisions will be made to ensure that we continue on in the same manner as we have over the last years and decades – always looking ahead and with our heads held high, even through tough times."

Sporting director Jochen Saier commented:

“We have been in intense, emotional and very trusting discussions with Christian over the past few weeks – at the end of which a decision has been reached which we regret, but fully respect and understand.

Christian’s conduct throughout those discussions has been as exemplary as he has always been throughout his twelve-and-a-half years as head coach, and in his total of almost three decades of coaching at SC. However, the time to say goodbye isn’t here yet – our journey together is not at its end. There is still plenty to achieve together in the last eight Bundesliga games of the season.

"The transparent exchanges we’ve had with Christian have enabled us to enter talks regarding next season’s coaching team in good time. His successor will be announced shortly. All further statements on the matter will follow after the end of the season."

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