News: HSV sack Bert van Marwijk

Bert van Marwijk’s 100th match in the Bundesliga was his last one in charge of HSV.

Two howlers by Rene Adler and a lacklustre defence which was incapable of defending set pieces saw the Red Shorts lose 4-2 against rock bottom Eintracht Braunschweig today. HSV have started into the Rückrunde loosing all of their 4 matches, only scoring 2 goals whilst conceding 13. The seventh defeat in a row in the Bundesliga saw the board putting an end to Bert van Marwijk’s 143 days lasting stint at Hamburg. Both the former Dortmund coach and his assistant Roel Coumans were let go tonight. HSV have taken 12 points during Marwijk’s 15 games in charge of the club.

Club boss Carl-Edgar Jarchow told the press after today’s match that the coach wasn’t surprised by the board’s decision:

“The board reached a unanimous decision. Both Bert van Marwijk and Roel Coumans have been let go. He reacted in a calm and understanding manner.”

Dire performances

The way HSV have started into the Rückrunde have left a lot to be desired. Silly defensive errors, a lack of imagination in attack and the team’s unwillingness to put up a fight have seen the fans lash out. Today’s match against Braunschweig was followed by a clash between HSV fans and the police, whilst the last home match saw players vandalise some of the players cars.

Today’s loss at Braunschweig means that HSV are now 1 point off the bottom position in the table. The Red Shorts have lost their last 7 games in the Bundesliga, not having won a single game since match day 13 when they defeated Hannover 96 with a 3-1 scoreline.

Slomka set to take over

The speculations about van Marwijk’s exit have been going on for the last two weeks. Felix Magath was rumored to take over as the new strongman of the club at the beginning of the week, but his appointment was stopped by HSV’s supervisory board in the end. Magath joined Fullham in the end.

Mirko Slomka, Martin Jol and Thomas Schaaf have been mentioned as possible successors for the former coach of the Dutch national team. Carl-Edgar Jarchow wasn’t willing to comment on any of the names mentioned by the press, but stated the following:

“We want to present a new coach as soon as possible.”

It is believed that former Hannover and Schalke coach Mirko Slomka is set to take over at the Imetch Arena according to the German tabloid Bild am Sonntag. Slomka was sacked from his job at Hannover after the Reds had finished the Hinrunde in 13 place, not taking a single point on the road. The 46-year-old has taken Schalke to the semi finals of the Uefa Cup and the quarter finals of the Champions League and his Hannover side gained qualification to the Europa League two seasons in a row.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 30-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball and on the @AufstiegPod.

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