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The inevitable firing of FC Koeln general manager Michael Meier has taken place.

The long-running saga concerning the future of FC Koeln general manager Michael Meier has come to its inevitable conclusion, with the 61-year-old being relieved of his duties this morning.

"We have been informed this morning that Michael Meier is no longer the club's general manager. We have also been instructed that the club will seek to appoint his successor in the coming weeks," coach Frank Schaefer told Bild this morning.

When the newspaper contacted Meier earlier today, he unsurprisingly had few words to say at this stage. "I ask you for your understanding; I will call back later," he said.

Meier's future had been the subject of intense rumours for several weeks with the general manager having received a lot of criticism from fans and club members alike. His revolving-door transfer policy has been viewed as one of the major reasons for die Geissboecke's stagnation.

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