RB Leipzig Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has quit his club after failing to agree on a contract extension beyond 2019.
The 50-year-old leaves the Bundesliga side after finishing sixth in the club’s second season in Germany’s top tier. On Wednesday, Leipzig and Hasenhuttl signed a mutually agreed contract termination, the Bundesliga club announced.
“I would have liked to go into the new season with Ralph Hasenhuttl as our head coach,” RB sporting director Ralf Rangnick said in a statement on the club’s official website. “And I informed him of this wish in personal talks. But contrary to the winter, I had come to the conclusion that one year for now would have been enough.
“But there was no alternative to a contract extension for Ralph Hasenhuttl . And that’s why he expressed the wish to terminate the contract. Reluctantly, we accepted this wish.”
Leipzig CEO Olaf Mintzlaff thanked Hasenhuttl for his services but added that “a contract extension at this time would not have been the right step for this club.”
And the Austrian coach said that to “turn Leipzig’s long-term goals into reality a sustainable contract solution” would have been ideal for the club. “After achieving success together, you should be able to be honest and choose a clear no rather than a soothing yes.”
He added: “That’s why I asked to terminate my contract prematurely.”