Under-fire van Marwijk on the brink

Former Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk is coming under increasing pressure at Hamburg after his side slumped to a seventh defeat in a row.

The 61-year-old Dutchman only took charge at the Imtech Arena five months ago but he has presided over a disastrous run for the club.

The Hamburg board met earlier in the month to discuss van Marwijk’s position but eventually decided to allow him to continue in the role.

However, a 5-0 DFB-Pokal defeat to Bayern Munich has intensified the speculation in the football betting world about his future.

Hamburg have failed to score in their last four matches and are in grave danger of being relegated.

When asked about his future in the wake of the defeat to Bayern, former Feyenoord and Borussia Dortmund boss van Marwijk said: “I don’t know. I’m not thinking about my job or my career.”

“I’m trying my best to prepare my team for the most important game of the year (against relegation rivals Eintracht Braunschweig).”

Hamburg are currently 17th in the Bundesliga table with only Eintracht Braunschweig below them.

At the end of November, Hamburg were tenth in the table, but a dreadful run has seen them slump down the table, leading to protests from fans after the recent 3-0 defeat to Hertha Berlin.

Braunschweig have been rooted to the foot of the table for most of their first season back in the German top-flight for almost three decades – and they remain popular picks for relegation with fans who bet on football. Defeat for Hamburg against Braunschweig could spell the end for van Marwijk.

After being appointed as Marco van Basten’s successor as Netherlands boss after Euro 2008, van Marwijk led his team to the 2010 World Cup final where they were beaten 1-0 by Spain after extra-time in a bad-tempered encounter.

He was axed after the Dutch lost all three of their group games at Euro 2012.

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Maximilian Jones

Maximilian is a Berlin native with a German mother and English father. Raised in Germany and studied in London, Maximilian grew up to love football from an early age but his early exposure to the Bundesliga honed his passion for all things German football.

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