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Struggling Hamburg sacks CEO, sports director

Relegation-threatened Hamburg SV sacked CEO Heribert Bruchhagen and sports director Jens Todt yesterday as the former European champion has failed to win a game in 12 matches.

Hamburg, the only team to have played in the Bundesliga every season since the top league’s creation in 1963, is languishing in 17th place on 18 points, seven adrift of the relegation playoff spot. It will face Bundesliga leader Bayer Munich tomorrow. Coach Bernd Hollerbach, who replaced sacked Markus Gisdol in January, will remain in his post, the club said. “After deep analysis of the overall situation we have decided to take this step and start new,” chairman of the board Bernd Hoffmann said in a statement after earlier informing the coach of the club’s decision. The six-time German champion narrowly avoided what would have been a third relegation playoff in four years last season but after a good start to the current campaign it has now lost seven of its last 10 matches.


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