Bayern Munich have announced that Louis van Gaal will leave his position as Coach at the end of the current season.
The highly respected Dutchman has been under pressure in the Bavarian capital this season as his side, which won the domestic double and reached the final of the Champions League last season, have floundered, leaving them 19 points behind league-leaders Borussia Dortmund in fifth place.
A recent run of three straight defeats, against Dortmund and Hannover in the Bundesliga and against Schalke in the German Cup, have put the former Ajax, Barcelona and AZ Alkmaar coaches position under further scrutiny.
And whilst van Gaal’s contract was due to end in the summer of 2012, the deal will be dissolved 12 months early, with the club citing a “difference in opinion about the strategic direction of the club.”
The decision was made following a five-and-a-half-hour crisis meeting on Sunday, involving the clubs President, Uli Hoeness, Chief Executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Sporting Director Christian Nerlinger.
Nonetheless, the 59-year-old will remain in charge at the Allianz Arena until the end of the season, giving him the chance to guide Bayern through the knockout stages in their Champions League campaign.
Bayern currently hold a 1-0 lead against Inter after winning the first leg of their last-16 clash at the San Siro, with the teams due to meet for the second leg on March 15.