- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

HANNOVER, Germany (AP) - Hannover fired coach Tayfun Korkut on Monday after a run of 13 games without a win left the club close to the Bundesliga’s relegation zone, and appointed Michael Frontzek as his successor.

Frontzek signed a contract valid for the remaining five matches of the season.

The 51-year-old Frontzek worked as an assistant at Hannover from 2004 to 2005. He is returning to the Bundesliga as coach for the first time since 2011, when he was fired by Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Korkut’s departure follows a 4-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. Hannover is now only one place and two points above Paderborn, which currently occupies the relegation playoff place.

The Bundesliga’s bottom two clubs are relegated automatically. The team that finishes third from last has a two-leg playoff against the second division’s third-place team to try to salvage its status.

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