BERLIN (AP) – Hertha Berlin has fired coach Markus Babbel after a disagreement with the club's sporting director.
The Bundesliga club said Sunday it has released the 39-year-old coach with immediate effect.
''The developments of the past two days, in particular the developments that culminated in accusing me of lying, left me and Hertha no other choice,'' sporting director Michael Preetz said at a press conference.
''The trust is simply gone,'' Preetz said. ''My job is to prevent damage to Hertha.''
Babbel said on Saturday that he had informed the club he did not wish to extend his contract, which runs to the end of the season.
''I'd be delighted to stay with the team until the end, until the contract runs out,'' he said after Hertha's 1-1 draw at Hoffenheim.
Babbel said he informed Preetz of his decision during the international break in November, but Preetz said Babbel first told him last Tuesday.
''When someone has another opinion, then maybe he wasn't listening properly,'' Babbel responded.
German media reported that former Eintracht Frankfurt coach Michael Skibbe has been lined up as a replacement.
Former Bayern Munich and Liverpool defender Babbel led Hertha to Bundesliga promotion by winning the second division in his first season in charge last year.
Hertha is currently 11th in the Bundesliga.