Roger Schmidt: Bayer Leverkusen sack boss after heavy defeat
Bayer Leverkusen have sacked manager Roger Schmidt following Saturday's 6-2 defeat by Borussia Dortmund.
Four losses in their past six Bundesliga games have taken them down into ninth place.
Schmidt, 49, has been considered one of the Bundesliga's top managers, and is seen as a possible Arsenal boss when Arsene Wenger leaves.
They are still in the Champions League, but trail 4-2 to Atletico Madrid after their last-16 first-leg game.
Sporting director Rudi Voller said: "I believe Roger Schmidt is an absolute top coach. But we have to act now if we are not going to lose touch with our targets."