Official: Hertha Berlin fires coach Markus Babbel

The newly promoted side has decided to part company with its trainer with immediate effect following his announcement that he won't sign a new deal.
Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin has made the decision to give head coach Markus Babbel the sack with immediate effect.

Babbel's contract with Hertha was due to expire at the end of the season and he recently revealed that he had no intention of signing a new deal with the Berlin side.

The 39-year-old coach also criticized the club for its conduct in the aftermath of his announcement, and last year's 2. Bundesliga champion has now decided to cut ties with Babbel.

"On Sunday, December 18, Hertha BSC have relieved head coach Markus Babbel of his duties with immediate effect," an official statement reads.

The former Germany international started as Hertha coach in the summer of 2010 and guided the club back to the Bundesliga in his first season in charge. The team currently sits 11th in the German top tier.

Hertha has been linked with Eskisehirspor trainer Michael Skibbe as Babbel's replacement, but the 46-year-old has denied rumors that he could be on his way to Berlin.

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