Vincent Kompany is unhappy with the current circumstances at his former club, Hamburger SV, after they fired their fourth manager in a year.
Following the Red Shorts 2-0 defeat away at Hannover 96 on Sunday, the club decided to part ways with Mirko Slomka after his seven month reign.
Slomka had helped steer the club away from their first relegation but in his time they have won just three times from 16 games.
Hamburg are bottom of the table, three games into the new season with just one point and have yet to score a goal.
For the Manchester City captain, this is quite upsetting and he hopes that the club can challenge for a top four place like what he experienced six years ago before he left the Imtech Arena.
The Belgian told Bild: “When I was at HSV, I always had the feeling of being at a big club.
"I think it's a shame that it currently does not work. There is potential for HSV to be in the top 5.”
Since Kompany departed
In 2008, Kompany joined Manchester City during their first few years under new wealthy owners and ever since has been a key part of each side that has been managed. He left Hamburg for £6 million and now his value has shot up dramatically.
But after that, Hamburg fell out of favour. The following season they missed out on Champions League football as they finished fifth and this has been their highest finish in the last six seasons.
Despite a tough first year for Thorsten Finks in the 2011-12 season, where they finished 15th, the club stood by the German and they excelled as they climbed back up to 7th and hope seemed to be restored.
Sadly in the following campaign frustration grew as the club failed to kick on as they suffered six defeats from the opening eight games. Rodolfo Esteban Cardoso then came in as the interim coach before he was replaced by Dutchman, Bert van Marwijk who remained in charge until February when he suffered a dry spell of seven defeats on the bounce. This led to Slomka’s appointment.
Just a day after it was revealed Slomka had been sacked it was announced that Josef Zinnbauer will take temporary charge whilst they look for their next appointment.
Pressure on first team players
As the managerial search party branches out again, a lot of attention will be focused on which players are failing to perform.
It has already been well documented that Rafael van der Vaart no longer appears to be the player he was in his first spell as he lacks his initial enthusiasm.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga is also open to criticism now following a blank start to the new campaign, poorly following on from his play-off heroics last season.
And finally new centre back pairing, Johan Djourou and Matthias Ostrzolek, will be feeling the heat as there is now more pressure to stop this dire run and the defence will be the first area where the team will need to sharpen up.
Hamburg will next play Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and they face Vincent Kompany’s Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
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