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Struggling Hamburg fires coach Hollerbach

Bundesliga struggler Hamburg has sacked coach Bernd Hollerbach just seven weeks after he was appointed, the club announced yesterday.

Hamburg has replaced Hollerbach, who used to play for the club, with Christian Titz, the coach of its under-21 team, until the end of the season. Hollerbach failed to win any of his seven matches at the helm, with Saturday’s 0-6 capitulation away to leader Bayern Munich proving the final straw. The former European Cup winner lies in the relegation zone, seven points from safety with just eight games remaining. A first ever relegation from the top flight of the Bundesliga is on the cards for a club which has sailed close to the wind in recent years — it needed to win relegation playoffs to survive in 2014 and in 2015. “We are convinced we have to do something to preserve our chances of staying up,” said Frank Wettstein, the temporary club chief after president Heribert Bruchhagen and sporting director Jens Todt were ousted last week.


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