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Old 11-02-2006, 03:54   #26
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Default Trapattoni sacked by Stuttgart

Stuttgart's players will barely have had time to digest Giovanni Trapattoni's sacking as head coach when they travel to Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday.

The highly-decorated former Italy boss was shown the door on Thursday night after managing only five Bundesliga wins since taking over in the summer.

Despite losing just three league games, second only to leaders Bayern Munich, Trapattoni oversaw an incredible 12 draws, including two goalless stalemates in the last two games.

New boss Armin Veh will be charged with turning those draws into victories, starting at struggling Arminia.

"It will give the team a boost and every players has to show the right reaction," said general manager Horst Heldt.

Stuttgart have not managed a win or a goal since the winter break, although Wednesday's latest 0-0 draw was a commendable one considering it came against second-placed Werder Bremen.

But they have won only once on their travels this season, and not since September.

Jon Dahl Tomasson was a surprise exclusion from the starting XI on Wednesday and it will be interesting to see his reaction should he return on Saturday as expected.

The new coach will be hoping for something from his strikers and could spring another surprise with Mario Gomez their brightest attacking option in recent games.


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