After five years, 1. FC Union Berlin and Urs Fischer are parting ways with immediate effect due to a poor start to the season, according to confirmation from the Bundesliga club.
FC Union Berlin has officially confirmed the termination of Urs Fischer’s tenure as head coach due to a disappointing start to the season, with mutual agreement from both parties.
“I recently made it clear that Urs Fischer is an outstanding coach, and I remain absolutely convinced of that,” said Union Berlin president Dirk Zingler.
“His personality and his successful work have characterised our club in recent years and opened many new opportunities for us. In the five and a half years that we have worked together, we have developed a respect and trust for each other that has enabled us to always exchange ideas openly and honestly. Together, we have now come to the conclusion that the time has come to take a different path.”
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Fischer himself commented:
“The last few weeks have cost a lot of strength. We’ve tried a lot, and the team has put in a lot of effort, but it hasn’t paid off in terms of results. I am very grateful for the confidence I have always felt here. Nevertheless, it feels right to make a change now. Sometimes a different face, a different way of addressing a team helps to spark a development.
“I’ve got to know and appreciate an exceptional club in Union. My thanks go to the players I have been able to work with, Markus Hoffmann and my team, the club’s management, and staff, as well as the fans. I am very lucky to have experienced this extremely positive kind of support. I wish Union all the best and am convinced that they will manage to stay in the league.”
Urs Fischer, who assumed the role of head coach at Union Berlin in 2018, guided the club to promotion to the Bundesliga in his inaugural season. Over the course of his tenure, Union achieved notable league finishes, securing places in the UEFA Conference League, Europa League, and ultimately the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history. Fischer received the Coach of the Year award in the summer of 2023.