Two Bundesliga teams offered contrasting examples in the value of switching — or keeping — coaches midseason in a relegation fight on Sunday.
Stuttgart, which stuck with Markus Weinzierl as coach despite just two points in eight games without a win, routed Hannover 5-1.
Hannover had been hoping for a change of fortune under new coach Thomas Doll but has now slumped to four defeats in five games since he returned to the Bundesliga after stints abroad.
Hannover opted for the coaching change, firing Doll’s predecessor Andre Breitenreiter on Jan. 27 after eight league games without a win.
It wasn’t given a chance in Stuttgart. Former Germany striker Mario Gomez struck the post inside the first minute but duly opened the scoring three minutes later with a crisp shot from outside the area.
Ozan Kabak headed in a corner from Gonzalo Castro 12 minutes later, and scored again before the break after another Castro corner.
It could have been worse for second-from-bottom Hannover with Michael Esser making a number of good saves to deny the home side.
Brazilian striker Jonathas pulled one back for Hannover in the 68th with his first Bundesliga goal, but Steven Zuber killed any hopes of a comeback with two late goals.
Traveling Hannover fans displayed banners criticizing club president Martin Kind.
Stuttgart remained in the relegation playoff place, two points behind Augsburg.
Wolfsburg hosted Werder Bremen later Sunday.