Wednesday, 22. October 2014 - 11:10
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Rapid Vienna – Austria’s most successful and popular football club – are in turmoil as their manager was dismissed this morning (Mon).
Club officials announced that Peter Pacult – who took over in 2006 – was fired "due to a massive breach of trust." Rapid President Rudolf Edlinger is set to speak out on the issue later today.
The sacking comes two days after the 32-time league champs were defeated 0-2 by Sturm Graz and less than two weeks after Alfred Hörtnagl quit as Rapid’s executive manager.
Sports newspapers claimed at the weekend Pacult was in talks with decision-makers at the business empire of Red Bull over becoming new manager of RB Leipzig. The club currently competes in the fourth-highest league in Germany.
Some dailies claimed that the former national team striker and bosses of the energy drink factory’s sport agendas department already came to an agreement. Rapid officials announced at the same time they had been assured by Pacult he has not been holding talks with Red Bull.
Pacult played for various clubs including Rapid and 1860 Munich before managing 1860, FC Kärnten, Dynamo Dresden and Rapid.
Only last Friday, Red Bull Salzburg sacked Dutchman Huub Stevens. The Austrian Bundesliga champions lost against struggling LASK Linz 0-1 the following day.
Austria Vienna managed to keep the lead. The match between the team of Karl Daxbacher and Kapfenberg ended in a 3-3 draw yesterday.
SV Ried - who topped the table after half of this season’s rounds were played - achieved a 2-2 draw against SV Mattersburg on Saturday. Magna Wiener Neustadt were beaten by newly-promoted Wacker Innsbruck the same day.
The Austrian Bundesliga table after 28 of 36 rounds:
Austria Vienna, 50 points
Sturm Graz, 49
Red Bull Salzburg, 44
SV Ried, 44
Rapid Vienna, 42
Magna Wiener Neustadt, 42
Wacker Innsbruck, 42
SV Mattersburg, 22
LASK Linz, 16
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