Ingolstadt - Bundesliga 2 basement dwellers FC Ingolstadt 04 have decided to part company with coach Marco Kurz with immediate effect, installing his assistant Michael Henke as caretaker-coach.

A 2-1 defeat to FC St. Pauli on Sunday left the Bavarians rooted to the foot of the Bundesliga 2 table with just four points after nine games.

Critical situation

“After intensive analysis of the sporting development of the side, we have been forced to take this measure in order to breathe new life into the team as quickly as possible,” said the club’s sporting director Thomas Linke on Monday. “It was not an easy decision, but the situation is extremely critical.”

The board of directors, management, Linke and Kurz all reached a consensus on Monday to end the coach’s agreement, which was due to expire in 2016. Henke, formerly assistant to Ottmar Hitzfeld at FC Bayern München, and head coach at 1. FC Kaiserslautern, has been placed in charge of the first team “until further notice.”