Early Hertha release for Röber

Coach Jürgen Röber, who was due to stand down in the summer, has left Hertha BSC Berlin.

Coach Jürgen Röber, who was due to step down at the end of the season, left Hertha BSC Berlin by mutual agreement on Wednesday night after six years in charge.

Stevens to take over
Röber was expected to step aside to make way for current FC Schalke 04 coach Huub Stevens when his contract expired in the summer, but he has left the Olympiastadion ahead of schedule in the wake of Tuesday's 1-0 defeat at FC Energie Cottbus.

Official statement
A statement on the 1. Bundesliga club's official website said: "Hertha BSC Berlin and coach Jürgen Röber, as well as assistant coach Bernd Storck, have parted company by agreement. After detailed discussions between representatives of the club and Jürgen Röber and Bernd Storck, as well as the players, the club came to the conclusion that the team are not currently able to fulfil their potential.

'Immediate release'
"After consideration of different scenarios, Hertha and Jürgen Röber arrived at the conviction that it is necessary for an immediate release. Hertha regret that this step became necessary and thank Jürgen Röber as well as Bernd Storck for their successful work."

Temporary coaches
Former youth and amateur team coach Falko Goetz will take charge of the team until the end of the season in tandem with Andreas Thom, who had been the assistant coach of the amateur team.