Breitenreiter earns stay of execution

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Hannover 96 president Martin Kind has denied that coach Andre Breitenreiter will be sacked this week.

Hannover 96 president Martin Kind has denied that coach Andre Breitenreiter will be sacked this week.

Die Roten finished 13th in the Bundesliga table last season but currently find themselves 17th of the 18 teams and four points from safety.

They are three points behind 16th-placed Stuttgart who occupy the relegation play-off place and have work to do between now and the end of the season to preserve their top-flight status.

Multiple reports have suggested that Breitenreiter is set to pay the price for his side’s woeful run of results but Kind insists that the board will not be making a managerial change ahead of the weekend’s clash with Borussia Dortmund.

‘I was very surprised by the headlines in the media this morning and would like to point out that neither I nor Horst Heldt (sporting director) want to comment on the coach,’ he said.

‘This is all speculation, and we don’t want to speculate. We’re playing against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, and coach Andre Breitenreiter will be in charge.’

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