In the ten years between Pagelsdorf and Fink, Hamburg have had twelve coaches (including interims bosses). Fink's immediate predecessor, Michael Oenning (pictured) gained one victory and three draws from his opening matches in charge.
Currently, captain Heiko Westermann (second from left) and Co. are on a five game unbeaten streak (two wins, three draws); their best run of form for over a year
Armin Veh (right, with Ruud van Nistelrooy), now coach at Bundesliga 2 side Eintracht Frankfurt, was the man at the helm the last time HSV enjoyed such a good patch of form. He went five games unbeaten in summer 2010 in his first few games in charge
Under Fink, Hamburg have become more resistant: while they have gone behind in their last three league matches (against Bayer 04 Leverkusen, 1. FC Kaiserslautern and VfL Wolfsburg), they have fought their way back to earn a draw each time with their "never say die attitude"
FC Basel had a similar experience under Fink last season: the Swiss side went 1-0 behind in 18 games with the former FC Bayern player in charge, but clawed their way back to six victories and seven draws
Hamburg keeper Jaroslav Drobny has plenty to shout about: his side have not kept a clean sheet in their last 16 Bundesliga games - the club's worst record since 1967