Michael Frontzeck has resigned as head coach of Hannover 96 following a disappointing first half of the 2015/16 Bundesliga season.
The 51-year-old took over first-team duties on 20 April 2015 following Tayfun Korkut's departure and helped steer the club to safety in the 2014/15 campaign. That success was rewarded with a permanent contract that was due to expire on 30 June 2017.
However, the 96ers have struggled to find their form this term and will spend the winter break in 17th place, having won just four games so far en route to amassing a total of 14 points. Hannover's final game of the calendar year was a 1-0 loss at home to FC Bayern München on Saturday, the 12th defeat of Frontzeck's 22 league games in charge.
"After some serious deliberation and extensive talks, I've decided to stand down," Frontzeck explained. "Staying up last season was a massive achievement for us all. I'd like to wish Hannover 96, the team and the fantastic fans a successful Rückrunde and I hope they beat the drop once again."