Bayern Leverkusen hires Tayfun Korkut as coach

Tayfun Korkut has signed a deal until the end of the season, along with assistant coach Xaver Zembrod.

By: AP | Leverkusen | Published: March 6, 2017 8:59 pm
Leverkusen's new interim coach, Tayfun Korkut attends a news conference in Leverkusen, Germany, Monday March 6, 2017. After the club sacked Roger Schmidt on Sunday, Korkut was presented as interim coach on Monday. (Federico Gambarini/dpa via AP) Bayern Leverkusen’s new interim coach, Tayfun Korkut took over reigns after the club sacked Roger Schmidt (Source: AP)

Bayer Leverkusen has hired former Turkey international Tayfun Korkut as coach to rescue something from the club’s worst Bundesliga season in 14 years.

Leverkusen says the 42-year-old Korkut, previously coach of Hannover and then second-division club Kaiserslautern, has signed a deal until the end of the season, along with assistant coach Xaver Zembrod.

Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voeller says, “we’re optimistic that we’ll get back on track with him.”

Leverkusen fired Roger Schmidt on Sunday after five losses in seven games in all competitions. Saturday’s 6-2 loss at Borussia Dortmund followed a 4-2 loss to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League and a subsequent home loss to Mainz.

Leverkusen is out of the German Cup and 10th in the Bundesliga.

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