Bundesliga club Wolfsburg fires coach Dieter Hecking

German media say Wolfsburg has fired coach Dieter Hecking after a poor start in the Bundesliga season, with one win and six points from seven matches.

The Wolfsburger Allgemeine newspaper and the dpa news agency reported the firing, without citing sources. There was no immediate confirmation from the club, but Hecking had failed to receive any backing from director Klaus Allofs following Sunday’s 1-0 home loss to promoted RB Leipzig.

The reports say Valerien Ismael, coach of Wolfsburg’s reserve side, will take over.

Wolfsburg began the season with an overhauled squad and the ambition of reaching a European competition. But the club is only 14th after seven matches.

Hecking became Wolfsburg’s coach shortly before Christmas in 2012. In 2015, Wolfsburg won the German Cup and finished runner-up to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, notching a 4-1 win over the champions.

Hecking is the third Bundesliga coach to lose his job this season, after Werder Bremen’s Viktor Skripnik and Hamburg’s Bruno Labbadia.

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