Struggling Bundesliga side Werder Bremen have taken extreme measures in a bid to stop the rot both at home and in Europe by suspending all player contract negotiations until further notice.
In the UEFA Champions League, Werder are bottom of Group A after two defeats and two draws and were beaten 2-0 at home by Dutch champions Twente last week.
They are 11th in the Bundesliga, have been dumped out of the German Cup by Bayern Munich in the second round and after last Sunday's 6-0 league defeat at Stuttgart, Werder's management have had enough.
"In our present situation, this is not the time to talk about contracts. We will do so again only when we are better and more successful," director of sport Klaus Allofs told German daily Bild.
Those affected are captain Torsten Frings, striker Hugo Almeida and defender Sebastian Boenisch, whose contracts expire at the end of the season.
Germany pair Per Mertesacker and Tim Wiese are out of contract in 2012 and will be looking to sign contract extensions at the end of the season.