Energie Cottbus sack coach after poor start

September 23, 2007

BERLIN, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Energie Cottbus fired coach Petrik Sander on Sunday after the Bundesliga club slipped to last place with just two points from their first six matches.

Thomas Hossmang, Sander's former assistant, will take over on an interim basis, club manager Steffen Heidrich said at a news conference.

Sander, appointed as manager in November 2004, is the first head coach from Germany's top league to be fired this season.

Cottbus lost 2-1 at home to VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday, their fourth defeat in six games.