Breaking: Hamburg fires Manager, Hollerbach
German Bundesliga club, Hamburg has relieved Bernd Hollerbach of his job as the head coach of the club after just six weeks at the helms, with Christain Titz to stand in as the interim manager till the end of the season.
Titz was promoted from the club’s Under-21s to replace the sacked manager. Hollerbach was hired less than two months ago to replace Markus Gisdol in January.
Although his tenure started on a good note after recording an impressive draw against RB Leipzig, the German coach failed to secure a single victory for the club in his six weeks in charge. His spell was to end in a thrashing fashion on Saturday, as Hamburg were sounded beaten 6-0 by leaders, Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
Hamburg is currently positioned 19th on the league table, deep in the relegation waters as they are seven points adrift of safety.
The newly appointed Manager, Titz will be supported by Thomas von Heesen, who has been hired in a temporary deal to support Titz in the role of overseeing the club’s sporting activities after Jen Todt was also sacked last week. Their main task will be to ensure Hamburg remains in the top flight.
Chairman, Frank Wettstein explained after their 6-0 thrashing at Bayern that it was ultimately the final straw for Hollerbach.
“We analysed and discussed the 6-0 defeat on Saturday at length,” Wettstein told the club’s official website. “We concluded, in light of our situation fighting against relegation, that we had to act.
“I have extended the thanks of myself and the club to Bernd Hollerbach. We have also arranged to meet personally. We did not react immediately in the aftermath of Saturday’s game, but we instead took our time.
“Christian Titz will give the team a new impulse, put the players to the test and approach things with a fresh perspective. We are very confident of putting in a different performance against Hertha [Berlin].
“It’s clear that we need to muster all of our strength. Bernhard Peters [sporting director] and I are in good contact with Thomas von Heesen, and we’re excited that he will be on board for the next eight matches.”