Hamburg - Hamburger SV have reacted to their poor start to the season by parting ways with head coach Thorsten Fink.

Last Saturday's 6-2 hammering away to Borussia Dortmund proved the final straw for the club's heirarchy, with the defeat moving the side down to 15th place in the standings, having earned just four points from their opening five games. The Red Shorts currently have the worst defensive record in the top flight, with 15 goals conceded and ten scored at the other end.

Cardoso and Addo step in

"In light of recent events and results we believe that this was an unavoidable step to take," said sporting director Oliver Kreuzer, who informed Fink of the decision in a private meeting on Monday evening. "We no longer held the belief that Thorsten Fink could turn things around and after intensive discussions we have acted in the club's best interests."

Fink took charge of the Bundesliga's only ever-present club two years ago following the departure of Michael Oenning. Hamburg's players were told of his departure on Tuesday morning and Fink has since said his goodbyes to the squad and staff. Reserve team coach Rodolfo Cardoso and Under 19 coach Otto Addo will take over first team duties on an interim basis.