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  • The Western Sydney Wanderers have sacked manager Markus Babbel following the club's 1-0 loss to Perth Glory.

    A dismal set of results has seen the Western Sydney Wanderers part ways with German coach Markus Babbel, the last few results of a 2-0 loss to Wellington and a 1-0 loss at home to Perth the straws that broke the camel's back.

    After last season's failure to make the finals series, along with the return to Parramatta there was high expectation for this A-League season. They have not been met. With the Wanderers winning the first three games of the season in a not too convincing fashion, the side quickly collapsed into a black hole with a 7 game win-less run that included losing 5 games in a row. Rumours of feuds within the coaching staff, ex-players slating the club's management for their treatment of players, and ongoing grudges with A-League officials all coalesced into making Babbel's continued presence at the club untenable.

    Babbel's time at the club resulted in an extremely poor sub 25% win-rate, and with little improvement on the horizon the club took action and relieved the German of his duties. While Babbel was a charismatic figure, and rebuilt the squad in the post-Gombau era the results on the field were not up to the standard required from the owners of the club and it's supporters. His best signing has been Swiss goalkeeper Daniel Lopar, but a lack of cutting edge has been marked by the total failure of expensive marquee striker Alexander Meier despite his pedigree as a former German Bundesliga golden boot winner. Meier departed and was replaced by Irish international Simon Cox, however the new striker will be leading the line with a new manager taking control for their game against Gosford.

    No successor has been named at this time, although rumours swirled earlier in the season that ex-Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat would take the Wanderers hot seat despite his being linked to a top flight job in Western Europe, wild stories of Graham Arnold quitting the Australian national team and even the return to Australia of legendary coach Guus Hiddink all named.

    Assistant coach Jean-Paul de Marigny has been named the interim manager.



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