Louis van Gaal, who last season guided Bayern Munich to last season's Champions League final, plus the league and cup double, will be departing after this season, in which Bayern
has struggled badly in the Bundesliga and was eliminated from the German Cup, although is still alive in the Champions League.
Bayern cited "differing views on the club's strategic direction" as the reason for the separation with the second-year coach. Since current Swiss national coach Ottmar Hitzfeld left Munich in 2004 after six seasons in charge, Bayern has failed to keep a coach at the helm for more than a couple of seasons.
Felix Magath was fired in February 2007 with his team in fourth place, despite having won the league and cup double in the previous two seasons. Magath won the Bundesliga with VfL Wolfsburg in 2009 and guided Schalke to second in the standings last season.
Juergen Klinsmann, who steered Germany to third at the 2006 World Cup, was dismissed by Bayern in April 2009 after less than a season in charge.