Hamburg Sports Director, Dietmar Beiersdorfer hopes that the appointment of new manager, Josef Zinnbauer will have a positive effect on the team, as the club hope to regain stability after months of domestic disappointment.
Zinnbauer, who until recently managed Hamburg’s U23 team, becomes the clubs sixth manager in just three years following the dismissal of former coach Mirko Slomka, who was sacked on Monday following the Red and Whites disappointing start to the new Bundesliga campaign.
Hamburg, who narrowly avoided their first ever relegation to the second tier of German football last season having beaten Greuther Fϋrth over two legs in a relegation play-off tie in May have only managed to secure a single point from nine available in their first three Bundesliga fixtures.
With Hamburg bottom rock bottom of the Bundesliga and with alarming revolts from both fans and players alike, Beiersdorfer took the decision to wield his axe and sack Slomka, after seven months of fluctuating results have left the club in dire need of transformation.
Beiersdorfer looking to Zinnbauer for inspiration
Having been in the managerial hot-seat for less than a week, Beiersdorfer is already confident that Zinnbauer will have a positive effect on the Hamburg team and manage to draw every ounce of positivity out of a sea of negativity.
He told Bild.de: “Zinnbauer has a different approach and a different way of doing things. He is very focused and has lots of energy and this radiates out. Hopefully you can see that that the team has responded with passion in this short amount of time.”
Despite standing firm with his appointment of Zinnbauer, the 50-year-old has been criticised for hiring a manager who so far has had less than three months experience with the U23 team, instead of pursuing a number of other candidates including Mainz manager, Thomas Tuchel.
Beiersdorfer denied Tuchel agreement
Although Tuchel was the obvious choice to replace Slomka as the new Hamburg manager by the clubs fans and the German media, Beiersdorfer insists that there was never a deal put in place to sign the Mainz manager.
Whilst the former defender also believes that Zinnbauer should be given a chance to prove his worth having guided the U23 team to a thoroughly impressive eight wins out of eight during his three month tenure in charge of the reserves.
He said: “I am pretty sure that Tuchel is not on the market at this moment in time. We had other candidates, but we decided to go with Zinnbauer instead.
“I am not an advocate of evaluating everything according to statistics. Eight victories are remarkable. Much more remarkable is the fact that he has already been able to adjust the team to goals and has implemented success. There is an idea behind the way he wants to play.”
Zinnbauer earns Bayern Munich draw
Indeed, to say that Zinnbauer was thrown in at the deep end by Beiersdorfer is an understatement: the 44-year-old led out his fragile Hamburg side at home against Bayern Munich on Saturday and recorded a 0-0 draw.
Beiersdorfer has reiterated that the most important thing is for the players to give a good account of themselves and to set down a benchmark for future results.
He said: “We are not thinking about a disappointment. First and foremost you have to look what one brings to the court and what individual have invested. Our benchmark for the future is clear. The decisive factor is. ‘What am I willing to pose for my club when it matters.’"