Bayern Munich have fired coach Jürgen Klinsmann and appointed Jupp Heynckes for the final five games of the season. Klinsmann's fate was sealed after a meeting with the club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the general manager Uli Hoeness and director Karl Hopfner yesterday.
He has been in charge of the defending Bundesliga champions since last July, but failed to take the club to the top of the table. Saturday's 1-0 defeat at home to Schalke left the club three points adrift of leaders Wolfsburg.
Rummenigge claimed the change at the helm was necessary. He said: "It was a difficult decision, but the results from the last weeks, the way they came about and especially the situation five rounds before the end of the season forced us to act due to our responsibility towards the club.
"With Jupp Heynckes and [assistant] Hermann Gerland we have two experienced coaches, to whom we have handed the management of the team until the end of the season."