Bundesliga side 1. FC Kaiserslautern have sacked coach Erik Gerets with the club in relegation danger.
Financially-troubled Kaiserslauern began the season with three points deducted for breaching licensing rules and lie 16th out of 18 in the Bundesliga after Saturday's defeat by TSV 1860 München. Chairman Rene C. Jäggi announced in a statement that the board had decided that they needed a change of coach. "We were no longer convinced that we could successfully fight relegation in this situation," said Jaeggi on the club's website.
Successor appointed this week
Belgian coach Gerets, 49, was appointed by Kaiserslautern in September 2002.He was previously in charge of PSV Eindhoven, and as a player won 86 caps for Belgium over a 16-year period up to 1991. His successor will be appointed by Saturday's game against 1. FC Köln.