Von Heesen decides to leave Bielefeld early

February 11, 2007

BERLIN, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Arminia Bielefeld coach Thomas von Heesen, who was due to step down at the end of the season to make way for his number two Frank Geideck, said on Sunday he was leaving the club early.

'I agreed with the club before (Sunday's 1-0 loss at Bayern Munich) that my contract would end tomorrow,' von Heesen said at a televised news conference.

'In recent days there was too much unrest in the club and we wanted to find a solution as the next few matches are vitally important,' he added.

Bielefeld are 11th in the table on 23 points, only three above the relegation places, and have won just five times in 21 matches this season.

German media reports have linked von Heesen to jobs at a number of other clubs, including Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hamburg SV.