Struggling Hamburg end Mirko Slomka`s brief reign

Mirko Slomka`s tenure as coach of Bundesliga tailenders Hamburg ended on Monday after just seven months as he paid the price for a dreadful start to the Bundesliga season.

Struggling Hamburg end Mirko Slomka`s brief reign

Berlin: Mirko Slomka`s tenure as coach of Bundesliga tailenders Hamburg ended on Monday after just seven months as he paid the price for a dreadful start to the Bundesliga season.

The 47-year-old -- who replaced former Dutch national coach Bert van Maarwijk in February this year when Hamburg were in freefall and in danger of relegation for the first time in their history -- saw his fate sealed ironically by a 2-0 defeat at the hands of his former club Hanover on Sunday.

Defeat left Hamburg at the foot of the table with just a point to their name after three matches and with the visit of champions Bayern Munich to come this weekend.

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