Hoffenheim were due to hold a crisis meeting with beleaguered manager Andre Breitenreiter on Sunday in the wake of a 5-2 Bundesliga collapse in Bochum that sent them into the relegation fight.
Sources at the club told Dpa that the match could decide Breitenreiter’s future after 10 games without a win.
Sporting director Alexander Rosen and the management met last Sunday to discuss the crisis, with Hoffenheim just three points above the danger zone.
Breitenreiter arrived in the summer after guiding Zürich to the Swiss league title. Hoffenheim started the season well but has now faded dramatically and their ambitions to play in Europe are effectively over.
The manager had criticized the team after the heavy defeat in Bochum, saying: “I can’t accept what I saw today. It has nothing to do with professional football.”
Rosen acknowledged that a look at the bigger picture rather than Breitenreiter may be needed, while midfielder Sebastian Rudy said “we have to stick together as a team, it’s not the manager’s fault.”