- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

AUGSBURG, Germany (AP) - Bundesliga side Augsburg sacked coach Dirk Schuster and his coaching staff on Wednesday due to internal divisions on how the club should be run.

“The way we’re playing has nothing to do with Augsburg, with how we want to see the club,” general manager Stefan Reuter said. “There were also different viewpoints on the future prospects. It doesn’t make sense anymore to drag on the work together unnecessarily. It’s not compatible.”

Referring to Saturday’s upcoming league game against visiting Borussia Moenchengladbach, Reuter added: “The timing is unusual (two games before the winter break) but we didn’t have the conviction that we would be taking to the pitch with courage and enthusiasm against ‘Gladbach.”

Schuster, along with assistant coaches Sascha Franz and Frank Steinmetz, were released “with immediate effect,” the club announced on its website.

Youth coach Manuel Baum was to take over an interim basis.

Augsburg is 13th in the 18-team Bundesliga with three wins in 14 games. The club lost at Hamburger SV on Saturday and had drawn its previous three matches.

“The last weeks gave an indication. There was a trend that we didn’t like,” Reuter said. “After analyzing the Hamburg game the conviction grew that it couldn’t continue like this, that we’d run into the danger of not reaching our goals.”

Schuster joined Augsburg in the summer to replace Markus Weinzierl, who left for Schalke. The 48-year-old Schuster previously led Darmstadt from the third division to the Bundesliga.

Weinzierl had a worse start than Schuster in his first 14 games at Augsburg, ending the 2012/13 season in 15th, two points above the relegation zone. The following seasons saw improvement, in eighth and fifth respectively, before Augsburg finished 12th under Weinzierl last season.

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