HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Struggling Hamburger SV fired Bernd Hollerbach as coach on Monday after his failure to win any games since being appointed as a replacement for Markus Gisdol.
Hamburg, which is fighting against its first relegation from the Bundesliga, said it has appointed former under-21 coach Christian Titz for the remaining eight games of the season.
Hollerbach’s last game in charge was Saturday’s 6-0 defeat at Bayern Munich, a loss he partly blamed on the management changes announced two days before.
Hamburg fired club chairman Heribert Bruchhagen and sporting director Jens Todt on Thursday, and Hollerbach said the upheaval had ”unsettled” some of his players.
Hamburg’s new president, Bernd Hoffmann, who narrowly defeated the incumbent Jens Meier for the position, said the changes were necessary because the club was devoting itself ”to the new direction.”
Hollerbach, a former Hamburg midfielder, failed to win any of his seven league games in charge since taking over from Gisdol on Jan. 22, falling to four losses and claiming only three points.
Hamburg hasn’t won any of its last 13 games and has the league’s worst attack with only 18 goals in 26 games. The only remaining founding member of the Bundesliga never relegated since the league started in 1963, Hamburg is seven points from safety.
The club has been consistently fighting against relegation in recent years, escaping through playoffs in 2014 and 2015. Last season, the team beat Wolfsburg to avoid another playoff on the final day. This season is the club’s worst yet.
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