Ingolstadt - FC Ingolstadt 04 and Tomas Oral have decided to go separate ways this summer with the coach’s contract now terminating on 30 June 2013.

The decision was reached by mutual consent on Monday, just a week after the club ended the Bundesliga 2 season in 13th place.

Mutual decision

“After lengthy, in-depth discussions, we have reached the conclusion together that we should part company,” said the club’s sporting director Thomas Linke. “The reason for this is differing visions regarding the direction in which the first team should be heading. I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Tomas for the work he has done. He is responsible for FC Ingolstadt finding themselves in such a comfortable position.”

Oral took charge of the Bavarian club in November 2011 and managed to lift them from the foot of Bundesliga 2 to a comfortable 12th-placed finish, ending just one position lower at the end of his first full season at the helm. "I’d like to wish the club all the best for the future and I hope the path we’ve started on will continue to be followed successfully," commented Oral.

Patient search

Ingolstadt will now begin their search for a successor, although they will not be rushed into any decision. “We will discuss this in the near future,” said Linke. “We will take all the time that we deem necessary to find a new coach.”