Struggling Borussia Dortmund have sacked head coach Peter Bosz, with Peter Stoger named as his replacement until the end of the season.
Former Ajax boss Bosz took charge at BVB in the summer and his reign started well, but in recent weeks Dortmund have gone nine games without a win, dropping down to seventh place in the Bundesliga and missing out on the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Our aim is to win a few points until Christmas and then we will talk about targets.Hans-Joachim Watzke
The last straw proved to be a 2-1 home league defeat to Werder Bremen on Saturday, with chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke admitting that making a change had been a tough decision to take.
He told the German media: "Last night in a conversation with Peter we decided that we would release him with immediate effect, it was very emotional.
"On behalf of all at Borussia, I would like to thank Peter, we still consider him a great coach and person."
Meanwhile, Watzke said that Stoger would be given time to make an impact, with only three games to play before German football heads into the winter break.
He added: "Let Peter work a little, get to know the team. Our aim is to win a few points until Christmas and then we will talk about targets."
Former Austria international forward Stoger made his name in Germany during a four-year spell in charge of Koln, who sacked him just over a week ago with the club rooted to the foot of the Bundesliga table.
Dortmund can be backed at 1/100 to finish in the top four in the Bundesliga this season, with Schalke priced at 1/1000 and Bayer Leverkusen 4/5.
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