Markus Babbel fired by A-League's Western Sydney Wanderers

SYDNEY (AP) Former Germany defender Markus Babbel has been fired as manager of the Western Sydney Wanderers in Australian football's A-League.

The Wanderers board made the decision to dismiss Babbel midway through a three-year contract after a 1-0 loss to Perth on Sunday left the team ninth in the 11-team league with four wins from 14 games.

The former A-League finalists won only 10 of 41 games with Babbel in charge.

"It is unfortunate that we have needed to take this course of action because we have a great relationship with Markus," Wanderers chairman Paul Lederer said in a statement.

Babbel played 51 times for Germany and was a member of its Euro 96-winning team. He made more than 180 appearances for Bayern Munich and won the UEFA Cup with Liverpool in 2001, scoring a goal in the final.

Babbel is the third A-League manager to be fired this season.

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Updated January 19, 2020

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