Ulrich Forte has become the first managerial casualty of the 2022/23 Bundesliga 2 season, after just five competitive matches in charge of Arminia Bielefeld.
The Italian-Swiss coach - who replaced Frank Kramer following Arminia's relegation from the Bundesliga - kicked off his tenure with a 7-1 victory over German minnows in the DFB Cup first round, but has since overseen four straight losses in Bundesliga 2.
"Obviously I'm disappointed, because I believed I'd be successful with Arminia. I believe we could have turned things around and got things on track," commented Forte.
"The dismissal hurts, but as an experienced coach I have to deal with it professionally. I wish the club and everyone associated with Arminia all the best in the coming weeks and months."
Translation: On Wednesday morning, Arminia dismissed head coach Uli Forte. He was personally informed this morning by sporting director Samir Arabi. Co-coaches Michael Henke, Kai Hesse and Sebastian Hille will temporarily take charge of training.
"We need to turn things around, and that's why had to act," explained Arminia sporting director Samir Arabi.
"All things considered, we weren't convinced the existing team could do that. We have to do what's right for Arminia, but we'd like to thank Uli and we wish him all the best in his sporting and professional life."
Arminia co-coaches Michael Henke, Kai Hesse and Sebastian Hille will take charge of first-team affairs until the club name Forte's successor. The Rhineland outfit - 17th out of 18 Bundesliga 2 clubs after four rounds of fixtures - travel to second-placed Heidenheim on Sunday.
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