Bayern Munich have confirmed under-fire coach Louis van Gaal will leave the club at the end of the season.
The Dutchman's position has been under scrutiny following the weekend loss at Hannover which followed on closely from defeats in the Bundesliga to Borussia Dortmund and in the DFB-Pokal semi-finals to Schalke.
And although he will remain in the short-term, Van Gaal's current deal which is due to end next summer will be dissolved 12 months early with Bayern citing a "difference in opinion about the strategic direction of the club".
The club's board met with Van Gaal this morning and they appear to have come to a mutual decision to go their separate ways at the end of the 2010/11 campaign.
Bayern's statement ends almost 48 hours of speculation regarding Van Gaal's position.
Initially it had been thought he would be sacked yesterday only for reports to emerge in Germany stating the club had had a change of heart due to a lack of suitable replacements.