who had never coached club soccer and whose Germany stint was his first as a coach overall, lost his bosses' faith when Bayern was eliminated from two cup competitions and slipped up again in
league play. Bayern was ousted from the Champions League by Barcelona, which thumped Bayern 4-0 in the first leg of the quarterfinal, 4-0, and won 5-1 on aggregate. Bayern was also ousted
from the German Cup, which it had won last season.
Former coach Jupp Heynckes will take over as head coach for the remaining five games with Hermann Gerland as his assistant. The two American assistant coaches brought in by Klinsmann, Martin Vasquez and Nick Theslof, have also departed.
"We did not come to this decision lightly," club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in a statement. "But the results of the past weeks, the way in which they came about and above all, the situation we find ourselves in five games before the end of the season forced us to act out of a sense of responsibility to the club."