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Mirko Slomka sacked by Hamburg

Mirko Slomka has been sacked as coach of Hamburg following a disappointing start to the season.

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Since requiring penalties to see off third-tier Energie Cottbus in the first round of the DFB-Pokal last month, Hamburg's league campaign has failed to take off.

A goalless draw at newly-promoted Cologne was followed by a 3-0 home defeat to Paderborn, who were also plying their trade in the second tier last term.

A 2-0 loss at Hannover on Sunday appears to have been the final straw for the club's hierarchy, who kept faith with Slomka after Hamburg narrowly avoid relegation last season.

The 47-year-old had taken over from Bert van Marwijk after the Dutchman was himself dismissed in February following a string of poor results.

A host of Slomka's backroom staff members will also depart, with Under-23 coach Josef Zinnbauer set to take charge of the first team until a permanent successor is found.

Hamburg director Dietmar Beiersdorf said: "Joe {Zinnbauer] is to arouse emotions and give new impulses. He will conduct the first training session tomorrow [Wednesday] morning."

Zinnbauer's first game in charge will be a daunting home clash with champions Bayern Munich on Saturday if a successor to Slomka is not appointed before the weekend.

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