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Hamburg sack Mirko Slomka

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Hamburger SV have sacked Mirko Slomka after a poor start to the new season just seven months after being hired.

The news broke Monday night as the club’s media director, Jorn Wolf, announced that the former Hannover 96 and Schalke 04 coach had been dismissed “with immediate effect.”

Slomka’s final game in charge of the Red Shorts came to a close on Sunday as they lost 2-0 to his former club, Hannover. That defeat sent Hamburg to the bottom of the Bundesliga with just one point and no goals from the opening three games.

Although the 47 year-old German managed to steer the side away from relegation with a win in the relegation play-off last season, there is no feeling that the club are moving forward as they remain to be where they spent most of last season.

No trust in this manager

In July, Hamburg investor and German billionaire, Klaus-Michael Kϋhne called for the sacking of Slomka after witnessing a “chaotic season.”

He told Bild: “"He has brought no points in the final phase of the season and he has had insane luck to prevent the descent. In my opinion, the manager needs to be replaced again."

“I don’t want to witness such a chaotic season ever again.”

List of managers

There have been four managers that have come in and out of the revolving door at Hamburg in the last year.

Thorsten Fink, who began his term back in October 2011, managed Hamburg to a 7th place finish in the 2012-13 campaign. He was then given the boot last September following six defeats in the opening eight games of the new season and he was replaced by Bert van Marwijk.

The Dutchman remained at the helm until February but was removed following a seven match losing streak.

Then Slomka took charge but he has done little to impress the Hamburg board or the fans. In his last 16 games the club have managed just three wins and this recent offering proved to be the final nail in the coffin.

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Rumoured replacements

Hamburg remain to be the only side in German football who have never been relegated from the top flight. Despite this, they are now one of the favourites to drop down to the second tier.

There are several names already been linked to what appears to be, the most difficult job in German football at the moment.

Former FSV Mainz 05 coach, Thomas Tuchel is heavily linked with the job after resigning from his position at the end of last season. However, the German has outlined his plans to take a year out from management and so it may be hard to persuade him to take up this job at this difficult time.

Dutch coach, Huub Stevens is another candidate for the job after his short stint with VfB Stuttgart came to an end in May.

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