Cottbus - FC Energie Cottbus have parted company with head coach Stephan Schmidt.

The news comes off the back of Cottbus' 3-2 defeat at home to FC Erzgebirge Aue, with the Brandenburg-based club currently rock-bottom and 13 points adrift of safety.

Assistant coach Jörg Böhme will take temporary charge for Matchday 23's encounter against 1. FC Kaiserslautern.