Bayern Munich have fired Juergen Klinsmann nine months into his first season, putting former coach Jupp Heynckes in charge for the five remaining German Bundesliga matches.
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Former Germany boss Klinsmann was told of the move after a morning meeting with board members Uli Hoeness, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Karl Hopfner.
Bayern are third in the Bundesliga, three points behind leaders VfL Wolfsburg, after losing 1-0 at home to Schalke 04 on Saturday and are in danger of winning no silverware this season.
The defeat by Schalke piled the pressure on the former World Cup-winning striker, with thousands of fans chanting "Klinsmann out".
Heynckes, 63, previously coached Bayern from 1987-91 and won two championships.
He also enjoyed a brief spell at Real Madrid, winning the Champions League in 1998, but his most recent Bundesliga job at Borussia Moenchengladbach ended midway through the 2007 season after his team had gone 13 matches without a win.
"FC Bayern are parting company with Juergen Klinsmann. There will be a press conference later in the day," a club official said on Monday.
Assistant coaches Martin Vasquez and Nick Theslof were also sacked.
A statement on the club's website said: "The board saw the minimum targets of the season were in jeopardy after recent results and that is why it took this decision."
Klinsmann, 44, joined Bayern in July and said his goals for the season were to retain the Bundesliga and the German Cup and to achieve success in Europe.
"I want to make every player a bit better after every game," he said at the time.
Bayern, though, were destroyed 4-0 by Barcelona in the European Champions League quarter-finals before drawing the return 1-1 in Munich.
They went out of the German Cup in the semi-finals, losing 4-2 to Bayer Leverkusen.
Bayern's defence has also been a far cry from last season's rock-solid backline.
The job was Klinsmann's first club assignment after he steered Germany to third place in the 2006 World Cup on home soil.