Hannover sack coach Tayfun Korkut after 13-game winless Bundesliga run
Hannover have sacked coach Tayfun Korkut following 13 consecutive Bundesliga games without a win, leaving the club in a battle to avoid relegation.
The club appointed Michael Frontzeck as his successor later on Monday, on a contract valid for the remaining five matches of the season.
Hannover had won 23 points 16 games into the 2014-15 campaign, trailing third-placed Borussia Monchengladbach by just four points in the race for Champions League football.
However, the Lower Saxony club have not won any of their league games since Dec. 16, with only five matches left to be played. Hannover are just two points above the relegation playoff place currently held by Paderborn, and only four points ahead of bottom side Hamburg.
Following Saturday's 4-0 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen, Hannover have now parted company with 41-year-old Korkut, who had been at the club since succeeding Mirko Slomka in December 2013.
The 51-year-old Frontzeck worked as an assistant at Hannover from 2004 to 2005. He is returning to the Bundesliga as coach for the first time since 2011, when he was fired by Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Before Frontzeck's hiring, former Hannover boss Peter Neururer named himself among the candidates.
The 59-year-old coach has been without a job since being sacked by second-tier club Bochum in December. Neururer last coached in the Bundesliga in August 2006, when he was sacked by Hannover after less than a year at the club he could now re-join.
"Let's wait and see. I am still under contract at Bochum. Nothing is clear yet with Hannover," he told dpa.