Former England manager and ‘wally with the brolley’ Steve McClaren has been sacked by Bundesliga club Wolfsburg.
The club, who were champions last season have had McClaren as their manager for the past eight months after taking him from FC Twente in Holland where he had won the league the season before.
“VfL have parted ways with Steve McClaren,” the club said in a statement. “Pierre Littbarski is taking over.”
“We were not convinced any more that we could work with Steve McClaren in a solid way until the end of the season,” Wolfsburg general manager Dieter Hoeness said.
The team has only won five Bundesliga matches under the Englishman, a poor return from 21 games in charge, and the former Middlesborough manager now finds himself out of work.
The club are currently 12th in the Bundesliga, only one point above the play off places.
McClaren has had to deal with fan protests, and players defying team orders in recent weeks. One player took and missed a penalty, despite being told not to by McClaren.