Stuttgart have sacked coach Bruno Labbadia after suffering three defeats in the first three Bundesliga games of the season, naming Thomas Schneider as his replacement.
Labbadia, 47, became the first Bundesliga coach to be sacked this season, and the earliest dismissal since Jorn Andersen was relieved of his duties at Mainz just before the start of the 2009-2010 season.
DFB-Pokal finalists Stuttgart are also struggling to qualify for the Europa League group stages following a 2-1 defeat in the first leg of their qualifiers against HNK Rijeka.
And after they lost 2-1 away to Augsburg on Sunday, Labbadia’s two-and-a-half year stint in charge was brought to a close. “When you lose such games, you have shaky arguments,” Stuttgart sporting director Fredi Bobic was reported as saying by kicker.
“We are in a difficult situation. I must digest and come to terms with it first. I cannot draw any conclusions right now. We will work it out and keep it in perspective.”
In his 89 games as VfB Stuttgart coach, Labbadia averaged 1.41 points per game -- the second-worst record of the last five Stuttgart coaches. Jens Keller, whom he succeeded, had won seven points from a short seven-game spell.
The club announced later on Monday that Schneider, who had been the club's Under-17 coach, would replace Labbadia.
A club statement read: "Thomas Schneider is the new VfB Stuttgart head coach. The 40-year old takes over the position with immediate effect and signs a two-year deal with VfB Stuttgart.
"Also, Alfons Higl and Tomislav Maric will reinforce the VfB coaching team.
"Thomas Schneider had coached the VfB Stuttgart Under-17 team since 2011-12, and finished his first season as runners-up. In the past season, he and his team won the German Under-17 championship."