Surprise at HSV: Under 23 coach Josef Zinnbauer appointed head coach of the Red Shorts

After Mirko Slomka was sacked from his position at the club the media in Germany named several viable candidates to take over from the former Hannover and Schalke coach. Among the names were Bruno Labbadia, Huub Stevens, Thomas Doll, but mostly it was Thomas Tuchel’s name who was regarded to be HSV’s prime target for the job in the Hanseatic city.

Several German media outlets reported that HSV CEO Dietmar Beiersdorfer had been in touch with Thomas Tuchel of late. During today’s press conference Beiersdorfer confirmed the fact that he had been in touch with Tuchel, but said that “it didn’t have anything to do with the current situation”. Furthermore, the club revealed that the entire coaching staff of Slomka had been given the sack alongside the former head coach with the intent of “sending a clear signal” according to the CEO.

A new man in charge

After Slomka’s sacking was a done deal several media outlets in Germany reported that the officials at the club didn’t trust the coach of the club’s Under 23 side, Josef Zinnbauer, to take over for Slomka. However, as it now turns out the club has decided to throw caution to the wind and they have appointed Zinnbauer as head coach, Patrick Rahmen as his assistant and Stefan Wärter as his goalkeeping coach.

HSV’s second team have so far played 8 matches in the Regionalliga Nord under Zinnbauer and won all of them. Dietmar Beiersdorfer told the press that the club is trusting the new man in charge to get the team back on track:

“We are hopeful that Joe can handle this situation, through his emotional presence and through the way he acts, we are hopeful that he can spark a reaction within the team.”

The Hamburg paper Morgenpost wroter earlier today that Zinnbauer might be a viable option as an interims coach, however Beiersdorfer confirmed that the new man was keeping his job until further notice.

Beiersdorfer is also hopeful that Zinnbauer can get a grip on the current situation at the club:

“Joe and his team could have the fitting solution in store for us. Of course, it is something entirely different to coach a team in the Regionalliga, but he as everything required for this job.”

Who’s the new man in charge?

Josef Zinnbauer was in his time mostly playing for lower league teams. Some fans of German football may have vague memories of the former midfielder’s at 1.FSV Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga 2 back in the 1995/96 season, when he featured in 16 matches and scored 2 goals.

His coaching career has seen the 44-year-old coaching VfB Oldenburg in both the fourth and fifth tier between 2005 and until 2010. Between 2011 and 2012 Zinnbauer was the assistant coach to Rainer Scharinger and Jørn Andersen at Karlsruher SC, before taking over the club Under 23 side towards the end of the 2011/12 season. He remained in charged of that side until 2014, before he moved on to take over HSV Under 23 team.


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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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