Relegation-threatened Bochum have sacked coach Heiko Herrlich after failing to win any of their last ten Bundesliga matches.
Bochum have lost seven games in that winless sequence and are now third from bottom of the table, just one point ahead of Hannover and five clear of rock-bottom Hertha Berlin.
A statement on Bochum's official website read: "Because of their sporting slide, Bochum have split with coach Heiko Herrlich with immediate effect."
Herrlich, who only replaced Marcel Koller in October, will be succeeded by assistant coach Dariusz Wosz who will take charge of the team for the crucial final two games of the season.
Bochum face Bayern Munich and then Hannover in their final matches of the campaign with the latter clash likely to decide who occupies the second relegation berth and who goes into the relegation play-off.