Stuttgart - Armin Veh has resigned as head coach of bottom-of-the-table VfB Stuttgart following their 1-0 defeat at home to FC Augsburg on Matchday 12.
Although the 53-year-old continued to enjoy the full backing of his club, he explained his decision was the "right step to take".
Sunday's loss at the Mercedes-Benz Arena left the Swabians rooted to the foot of the table with just nine points so far this season, and convinced Veh that a change was needed. "Armin informed us of his decision last night," said Stuttgart president Bernd Wahler. "He believes that a change in coach is necessary for us to find a way back to success. We respect his decision, although we were still convinced of him and his work even after yesterday's game."
Stuttgart's last win under Veh was a dramatic 5-4 triumph on Matchday 9 at his former club Eintracht Frankfurt, who he left in the summer to return to the club he had led to Bundesliga glory in 2007.
'Convinced it's the right step'
"It was a very difficult step for me to take because I am very fond of this club and team, but I had to make this move because I'm convinced it's the right step to take" said Veh. "This team is better than their league position and nine points from 12 games are just not enough, and I am responsible for that. "Both the team and I have just been lacking that necessary little bit of luck in many tight games. I'm sure the team will start picking up points soon. I'd like to thank the club management, especially the president, for all of the faith they have shown in me. I'd also like to say a particular thanks to the fans, who have given us fantastic support." Stuttgart are yet to announce Veh's successor.