- Associated Press - Monday, December 12, 2016

WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) - Relegation-threatened Bundesliga club Wolfsburg has parted ways with general manager Klaus Allofs in a bid to kick-start its troubled season.

Supervisory board chairman Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz said Monday it was time “to make a new start in view of the currently difficult sporting situation.”

Only goal difference separates Wolfsburg from Hamburger SV in the relegation playoff place with two wins from 14 games.

“For me personally it’s a sad day,” Allofs said. “We came to this decision after intensive talks for the benefit of Wolfsburg.”

Wolfgang Hotze was to take over from Allofs as spokesman for club management, while Olaf Rebbe remains as head of sport with responsibility for the coaching staff and team.

The season has been difficult from the start. Dieter Hecking was fired as coach after seven league games, with interim successor Valerien Ismael put in charge on a permanent basis when no other candidates were found. Ismael has one win and one draw from his seven league games.

Saturday’s 5-0 loss at Bayern Munich was the last match for Allofs, who joined the club in 2012 after years in charge at league rival Werder Bremen. Wolfsburg occupied a relegation place at the time, but went on to secure its place in the top flight before qualifying for the Europa League by finishing fifth the following season.

Allofs’ greatest success at Wolfsburg came in 2015 with the German Cup title and reaching the Champions League by finishing runner-up in the Bundesliga. Wolfsburg went on to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

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