Bundesliga side Schalke have sacked coach Felix Magath following a crisis meeting at the club.
Magath’s position has been under scrutiny for some time, and despite last week’s Champions League victory over Valencia, the club have decided to fire the 57-year-old.
Speculation was rife that Magath would be sacked at the end of the campaign regardless, however, the board have decided to act now.
“For Schalke’s point of view there are very good reasons for this separation,” chairman Clemens Toennies told the club’s official website.
“We will not make these public as a legal battle is now ahead of us. But we very relaxed about this process. What we have decided is a good result for Schalke.”
Former Greece head coach Otto Rehhagel is the front-runner to take over having previously been linked to the post while Magath was still in charge.