Bayern Munich relieved head coach Niko Kovac of his duties on Sunday evening, following a spout of disappointing results.
The reigning Bundesliga champions lost 5-1 away at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday in what proved to be Kovac’s last game on the Bayern bench.
The club have confirmed that Hansi Flick will take charge of Bayern’s Champions League clash against Olympiacos on Wednesday, as well as next weekend’s Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund.
Kovac turned around Bayern’s disappointing season last year to help them win their 26th Bundesliga title, sitting nine points behind then-leaders Dortmund at one point in the campaign.
However, a run of just one win in their last four league games, which included defeats to Hoffenheim and Frankfurt, have seen Kovac be dismissed.
“I think this is the right decision for the club at the moment,” Kovac explained in a statement.
“The results, and also the way we last played, made me come to that decision.
“My brother Robert and I thank Bayern for the last one and a half years.
“During this time, our team has won the championship, the DFB Pokal and the [DFL] Supercup.
“It was a good time. I wish the club and the team all the best.”
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has explained the reason behind the decision.
“The performance of our team in recent weeks and the results have shown us that there was need for action,” Rummenigge said in a statement.
“Uli Hoeness, Hasan Salihamidzic and I had an open and serious conversation with Niko on this basis on Sunday, with the consensual result that Niko is no longer coach of FC Bayern.
“We all regret this development. I would like to thank Niko Kovac on behalf of FC Bayern for his work, especially for winning the double last season.”