Christoph Daum has parted ways with Eintracht Frankfurt less than two months after taking charge of the Bundesliga club.The former Bayer Leverkusen and Fenerbahce boss took over in March, but only managed to pick up three points in his seven games in charge, condemning the club to relegation.
He announced on Monday he would leave his post after a meeting with club chairman Heribert Bruchhagen.
“Frankfurt should start their Bundesliga comeback with another coach,” Daum said.
“There was no prospect for me despite the club and team being in my heart.”
Eintracht’s relegation was confirmed when they suffered a 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, despite taking a second-half lead.
Daum said promotion back to the top flight ‘won’t happen immediately’ and he had given the club a clear message about the problems that needed rectifying.
“I’ve said some things very clearly internally,” he said. “Eintracht now has the chance to take corrective measures.”
Daum, who won the Bundesliga title with Stuttgart in 1992, was appointed with seven games remaining after Michael Skibbe was sacked, but he could only manage three draws to finish the campaign.
Daum’s chances of becoming Germany manager were ended when he admitted to cocaine use and was forced to leave Leverkusen in 2000, while he led Cologne to promotion to the top flight during his second stint at the club in 2008.
Bruchhagen said the club was already in search of a new manager to begin planning for next season.
“The first decision to be made now is the one of who will be the new coach,” the chairman said.