German football club Hertha Berlin fired coach Lucien Favre on Monday after six straight losses in the Bundesliga.This content was published on September 29, 2009 - 11:19
Favre, who was in his third season in Berlin and had a contract until the end of next season, became the fourth Bundesliga coach to lose his job only seven matches into the season.
The 51-year-old former professional footballer coached FC Zurich from 2003 up until he left for Hertha in 2007.
The Berlin club said Karsten Heine, coach of Hertha's under-23 side, would take over from the Swiss for the time being.
Hertha won their season opener and then lost six in a row, slipping to the bottom of the Bundesliga. In their last two games, they lost 4-0 at home to promoted Freiburg and were thrashed 5-1 at Hoffenheim on Sunday.
The Berlin team also lost in the German Cup last week on penalties to second-division 1860 Munich. Hertha ended last season fourth in the Bundesliga.
Along with Favre, Hertha also fired his assistant Harald Gämperle who blamed the players for the slump, saying they had never worked under "such a good" coach before.
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