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German side Schalke sack coach Felix Magath

Felix Magath
Magath previously led Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga title.

German side Schalke have sacked coach and manager Felix Magath after 20 months in charge of the club.

His departure comes despite guiding Schalke to the Champions League knock-out stages for only the second time.

The team, who could be drawn against Tottenham in the quarter-finals, lie 10th in the Bundesliga having finished second last season.

It has been reported in Germany that former Hoffenheim coach Ralf Rangnick is to be named as Magath's successor.

Magath, who signed a four-year contract at the Veltins-Arena in 2009 after guiding Wolfsburg to the Bundesliga title, will leave the club "with immediate effect".

After a successful 2009-10 season Magath, 57, signed striker Raul from Real Madrid in the summer.

The Royal Blues said the decision to sack Magath was taken by the club's supervisory board on Wednesday.

Schalke chairman Clemens Tonnies said there were "very good reasons" for the move, but did not specify what they were.

He said: "We will not make these public as a legal battle is now ahead of us. But we are very relaxed about this process. What we have decided is a good result for Schalke."

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