Armin Veh's days at in the Hamburg dugout are numbered as the club have confirmed on their official website that the coach will leave at the end of the season.
The loss of the senior players' trust and a succession of poor results have left the Bundesliga giants with no alternative but to pursue a separation, and last week's defeat to Mainz was the final straw for the club's unhappy board of directors.
"From the summer, I will be no longer available to the club," Veh said in a brief statement.
The conclusion coincides with recent reports that HSV directors have already begun scouting potential successors with the view to terminating Veh's contract, which is due to expire in 2012.
Ex-Hoffenheim boss Ralf Rangnick and Stale Solbakken of FC Copenhagen are two names to have been linked to the Rothosen post in recent weeks.
Veh's future at the club has long been under the spotlight, with his tactical know-how in particular attracting criticism.
Internal turmoil in the form of player revolts from the likes of key figures David Jarolim and Collin Benjamin appear to have hastened Veh's demise, and his successor will be the ninth Hamburg coach in as many years.