Sinsheim - 1899 Hoffenheim have reacted to their worrying league form by replacing coach Marco Kurz and sporting director Andreas Müller with Markus Gisdol with immediate effect.

Gisdol, whose last job was as assistant to Huub Stevens at FC Schalke 04, previously coached Hoffenheim’s reserve team. According to a club statement, the 43-year-old has been given the responsibility of “rebuilding the club in the current season and beyond.”

Poor record under Kurz

Hoffenheim will explain the change in command at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon having relieved Kurz, Müller and assistant coach Günther Gorenzel of their duties. Kurz only took charge at the club at the start of the year following the dismissal of Markus Babbel.

His record of just two wins in 10 matches, with a total of eight points gained, has left the club in serious relegation danger. They find themselves nine points adrift of safety and four behind FC Augsburg in the relegation play-off berth with seven games of the season remaining.