Wolfsburg manager Felix Magath has removed Christian Trasch from the role of captain to help him return to his best form.
The 24-year-old Germany international moved to Wolfsburg from Stuttgart last summer and was soon installed as club captain.
But the midfielder endured a difficult campaign which resulted in him losing his place in the Germany squad and missing out on Euro 2012.
Magath has decided to make a change in the hope of improving another player by handing them the responsibility rather than diminishing the performances of Trasch.
"We are to make a change on this," he told kicker-Sportmagazin. "Christian Trasch will not be captain of Wolfsburg this season.
"I think for Christian the job of skipper was rather a burden.
"And I intend to help a player with the job of skipper. I do not intend to put him under stress with that role."