Bundesliga club Fortuna Dusseldorf have sacked head coach Friedhelm Funkel following a poor run of results.
Fortuna are languishing at the bottom of the Bundesliga table after winning just one of their last nine league matches and Funkel paid the price for that poor form on Wednesday.
The 66-year old tactician guided the club to the German top flight in 2018, two years after being appointed manager, and kept them up last season.
Funkel has only managed 4 league wins this term, though a 3-0 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday happened to be the final straw.
Funkel’s assistant Thomas Kleine took the team through training on Wednesday amid reports that Uwe Rosler is the leading candidate to replace Funkel.