Hertha Berlin have sacked coach Jos Luhukay with immediate effect.
The Dutch coach guided Hertha to the German top-flight in his first season, after assuming reins in July 2012.
But Wednesday’s 1-0 home defeat by Bayer Leverkusen left the Bundesliga side only two points ahead of basement team Borussia Dortmund.
A club statement read: “Hertha Berlin would like to expressly thank Jos Luhukay and his assistants Markus Gellhaus and Rob Reekers for the very successful cooperation in recent years. Together, promotion to the Bundesliga was masterfully achieved and the year after we comfortably ensured our survival.”
Hungary national team coach Pal Dardai has been named interim manager, joined by former reserve team coach Rainer Widmeyer. Dardai will combine his role at the Olympic Stadium with that as coach of the Magical Magyars.
The former midfielder made 286 Bundesliga appearances during a 14-year stint with the Old Lady.