Arminia Bielefeld have sacked coach Michael Frontzeck with one game of the season to go after the Bundesliga strugglers were beaten 6-0 by Borussia Dortmund.
That result means not even a win on the final day of the season can save the East Westphalians from a relegation play-off at best.
However, they must beat Hannover to avoid automatic relegation, with Energie Cottbus and Karlsruhe both poised to take advantage of yet another defeat.
Bielefeld have yet to decide who will take over for the final game of the season, with Frontzeck's assistant Detlev Dammeier the most likely candidate.
He took temporary charge when Ernst Middendorp was dismissed last season and before Frontzeck was appointed.
A club statement read: "The management of DSC Arminia Bielefeld informs that they, with the agreement of the board of directors, have made the decision to part company with coach Michael Frontzeck with immediate effect.
"The club thanks Michael Frontzeck for the work he has done, in particular avoiding relegation last season, which will remain unforgettable.
"We wish him all the best for his future, both privately and occupationally."
Arminia have not won any of their last nine games and have won just twice since the turn of the year.
They have won only four games all season and no club in the history of the Bundesliga have managed to stay up with so few wins in a season.