Bundesliga relegation Hannover 96 has separated from its sports director Jan Schlaudraff with immediate effect. The main reason for the exemption of the former international was “different opinions on the key decisions for the future of Hannover 96”, the club said on Thursday.

The 36-year-old Schlaudraff had only taken on the job in the summer after relegating to the 2nd Bundesliga. The succession plan is even more piquant, as Austrian Gerhard Zuber is taking over the sporting management at least temporarily. The 96s had argued with him before the labor court on Wednesday.

The 44-year-old Zuber is the long-standing right hand of the former Hanover manager Horst Heldt. While the club separated in 2019 from Heldt, who had meanwhile moved to 1. FC Köln, Zuber was put out of business without contract termination. On the other hand, he sued the labor court and was awarded on Wednesday that his contract was valid indefinitely. “Irrespective of legal issues to be clarified by the labor court, Gerhard Zuber enjoys the full trust of the management,” says the 96 release.

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