Hamburg have sacked coach Armin Veh following the club's 6-0 hammering at the hands of Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Veh had announced earlier in the week that he would be stepping down at the end of the season, but he has now been dismissed with immediate effect.
Speaking after Saturday's thrashing by Bayern, Veh confirmed that he had no intention of offering his resignation immediately.
"I am not going to throw in the towel," he said after the match. "But I don't know where things will go from here.
"I will just travel back to Hamburg and we will wait and see."
Hamburg have now opted to make the decision for him and have placed Veh's assistant Michael Oenning in charge for the remainder of the season.
"After he had announced his departure at the end of the season and, given the impressions from the last two games, we have decided to intervene now and part company from Armin Veh," said Hamburg's director of sport Bastian Reinhardt in a press release.
Former Nurnberg coach Oenning will now take over with the former reserve-team coach Rodolfo Cardoso promoted to his assistant.
His dismissal is just the latest chapter in a turbulent season at Hamburg, and goalkeeper Frank Rost heavily criticised his club's board after the Bayern defeat.
"This has been going on the whole year and they just cannot work in any peace and quiet," he said.
"There are so many small issues which sum together into one giant one.
"What we are seeing is a falling giant and if we get hit by just one more little stone, then this giant is going to fall.
"But too many people are underestimating this - they are putting their personal egos first. It is incredible."