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By ESPN Staff
Dec 18, 2011

Babbel sacked by Hertha

Markus Babbel has been sacked as coach of Hertha Berlin with immediate effect just a day after announcing he would not extend his contract beyond the end of the season.

• Babbel to leave Hertha

Babbel was involved in a war of words with his club's general manager Michael Preetz over the last 24 hours after both disputed the timing of Babbel's announcement not to sign a new contract.

Babbel insisted he had informed Preetz of his decision to leave at the beginning of November.

Preetz, however, claims he was only told last Tuesday and the club's president Werner Gegenbauer took his side, labelling Babbel a liar.

Although Babbel led training this morning in preparation for Wednesday's DFB-Pokal clash with Kaiserslautern, his position at the helm appeared compromised.

Former Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen coach Michael Skibbe is understood to be their number one target after being spotted meeting with Preetz several weeks ago, according to reports in the German capital.

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