VfL Wolfsburg have dimissed coach Holger Fach and general manager Thomas Strunz after eight matches without a win in the German Bundesliga.
The 43-year-old Fach replaced Erik Gerets at the helm before the start of the season, while former German international midfielder Strunz, 37, had held the manager's position since January 2005. The campaign began well for Wolfsburg but recent results have taken the team down to 13th place at the halfway stage, with 18 points from 17 games. The final straw was Saturday's 3-2 defeat by bottom club 1. FC Kaiserslautern. Wolfsburg announced the pair's departures on Monday.
Fach is the eighth Bundesliga coach to lose his job this term, following Klaus Augenthaler (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Wolfgang Wolf (1. FC Nürnberg), Ewald Lienen (Hannover 96), Michael Henke (Kaiserslautern), Norbert Meier (MSV Duisburg), Ralf Rangnick (FC Schalke 04) and Uwe Rapolder (1. FC Köln).