Hertha fires Skibbe after five matches

Michael Skibbe's tenure as Hertha Berlin coach is over after just five matches.

Hertha Berlin lost all five matches since Skibbe replaced Markus Babbel, and now sits in 15th place and just two points above the relegation zone. Hertha just returned to the Bundesliga following a year in the Bundesliga 2.

In addition to four Bundesliga losses, Hertha also dropped its Pokal Cup game under Skibbe against Monchengladbach.

"After five straight defeats and the 0-5 thrashing in Stuttgart [on Saturday] we felt we had to act," said Hertha general manager Michael Preetz.

Skibbe previously coached at Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Leverkusen, Eintracht, and Galatasaray on the club level, and was an assistant for Germany.

Hertha hosts Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund on Saturday in its next game, when a loss could send the club into the bottom three.

The Berlin club had not announced a replacement, but Preetz said "we will find an interim solution for the time being."