Werder Bremen puts faith in Alexander Nouri as head coach

BREMEN, Germany (AP) " Werder Bremen promoted Alexander Nouri from interim coach to head coach for the rest of the season.

The Bundesliga club said that Nouri, the side's former under-23 coach who took over from the sacked Viktor Skripnik, was informed of the management board's decision on Sunday morning.

Skripnik had overseen four straight defeats, including the first-round exit in the German Cup to third-division side Sportfreunde Lotte, and his sacking ended a 20-year association with the club, which he joined as a player in 1996.

Nouri led Bremen to its first win, against Wolfsburg, and claimed a point Saturday against Darmstadt for four points from his three games.

Sporting director Frank Baumann says, "We decided that he should get the chance to continue the work he's begun."

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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