Bayern Munich have sacked coach Jurgen Klinsmann following Saturday's potentially disastrous 1-0 defeat at the hands of Schalke.
The former Germany coach was only appointed last summer, but had been under extreme pressure following a downturn in results which led to the Bavarian giants failing to take control of the Bundesliga title race and be humiliated by Barcelona in the Champions League.
Saturday's defeat was a further blow to their hopes of retaining the Bundesliga title and the Bayern board has now decided to dispense with Klinsmann's services.
Former coach Jupp Heynckes will take over the reins for the final five games of the season as Bayern look to claw back the three-point lead of Wolfsburg and Hertha Berlin at the top of the table.
Speaking after the weekend defeat, a downbeat Klinsmann commented: "This is a bitter defeat because we wanted so much more.
"We failed to create any clear-cut chances in order to equalise.
"Of course it is annoying and frustrating. There are still five games to go and who knows what will happen."