Bayer Leverkusen have sacked head coach Roger Schmidt following a 6-2 Bundesliga thrashing at the hands of Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
The heavy defeat left Leverkusen, who have lost five out of their last seven matches in all competitions, down in ninth in the German top flight.
Leverkusen CEO: "We have a lot to thank Schmidt for"
"We have reached this painful yet unavoidable decision in the best interests of Bayer 04," said Leverkusen CEO Michael Schade.
"It was very difficult for me to take this step as we have a lot to thank Roger Schmidt for," Schade added.