Bundesliga club Hanover 96 have sacked coach Ewald Lienen and his assistant Michael Frontzeck after a disappointing start to the season.

Hanover have won just one of their last eight league games. Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Mainz left them in 13th place in the table with 12 points from 12 games.

A statement from the club said that Hannover now expected “new impulses for the sporting future of the team through a different coach” and thanked Lienen and his Frontzeck for their work.

Lienen is the third coach to be sacked so far this season following the departures of Klaus Augenthaler from Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfgang Wolf from Nuremberg.