Hertha Berlin has fired coach Michael Skibbe after just five matches in charge, all of them defeats.

Hertha announced the dismissal of Skibbe and assistant Edwin Boekamp on Sunday, a day after the team slumped to a 5-0 defeat at Stuttgart.

That left the club, which returned to the Bundesliga this season after dropping into the second division for a year, in 15th place and only two points clear of the relegation zone.

Hertha hired Skibbe from Turkey's Eskirsehirspor in December after predecessor Markus Babbel was fired following a dispute with general manager Michael Preetz.

A former Germany assistant, Skibbe has also coached Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Eintracht Frankfurt and Galatasaray.

Preetz said the club is looking for an interim replacement.