Kaiserslautern part company with Marco Kurz

The German club have decided to fire the 44-year-old after a series of negative results which has left them at the bottom of the Bundesliga standings
Kaiserslautern announced on Tuesday that they have parted ways with coach Marco Kurz.

The move comes as a result of a winless run that stretches back to October and sees the club languish at the foot of the Bundesliga table, with 20 points from 26 matches.

"After the 4-1 defeat against Schalke on Sunday and many intensive discussions, we have come to the conclusion that we must take this step," Kaiserslautern CEO Stefan Kuntz told the club's official website.

"In recent weeks and months, we tried different things to get the team back on track. Unfortunately, they were not successful."

Kurz was appointed as Kaiserslautern coach in 2009, guiding the club to a seventh-placed finish in the Bundesliga in 2010-11 after they were promoted to the top tier of German football in his first season at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion.

Later on Tuesday, Bild reported that Hajduk Split boss Krassimir Balakov is set to take the helm at 1.FCK, and on Thursday will sign a contract to the end of 2013. However, that deal has not yet been completed.

For the time being, Kaiserslautern have announced that assistant Oliver Schafer and goalkeeping coach Gerry Ehrmann will guide the team until a permanent replacement is confirmed.