Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insists the club had no option but to axe Jurgen Klinsmann.
The weekend defeat at Schalke left Bayern struggling to successfully defend their Bundesliga title and they are still reeling from their humiliating Champions League defeat to Barcelona earlier in the month.
Rummenigge admitted: "This was a really tough decision, but we had to do something. The recent results are simply unacceptable for a team like Bayern Munich.
"The way things were going at the club and our style of play left us no other option than to part company with Jurgen.
"There are still five crucial games to be played and we had to take our responsibility."