Berlin - Hertha Berlin have relieved Jos Luhukay of his duties as head coach with immediate effect, the club announced on Thursday.

The Dutch tactician, who has been in charge of the capital city club since July 2012, saw his side drop into the relegation zone for the first time this season following Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Dardai takes charge

Former Hertha midfielder Pal Dardai, who made 286 Bundesliga appearances during a 14-year stint with the Old Lady, will take over on an interim basis alongside Rainer Widmayer. Dardai will take on the role alongside his duties as head coach of the Hungarian national team.

The club released the following statement on their official website. “Hertha Berlin would like to express their thanks to Jos Luhukay and his assistants Markus Gellhaus and Rob Reekers for the very successful cooperation in recent years. Together, promotion to the Bundesliga was masterfully achieved and the year after we comfortably ensured our survival.”

"We feel we need to add some fresh impetus," added sporting director Michael Preetz. "We performed below expectations in 2014 and the insecurity of the team has become tangible."