Hamburger SV announced on Sunday that Bruno Labbadia and his coaching team would be leaving the club with immediate effect.
The decision was taken following a 1-0 home defeat to FC Bayern München that leaves Hamburg still searching for their first win of the new Bundesliga season. "Taking our sporting situation into account, this was a necessary step," said HSV chairman Dieter Beiersdorfer. "I am convinced we need a change of coach to turn the season around after a disappointing start. After a long pre-season and our performances so far, we have come to the conclusion that our footballing development has not met our expectations."
Labbadia departs after 18 months at the helm. In 2015 he steered the club to Bundesliga survival after a dramatic relegation play-off against Karlsruher SC.
"I would like to thank Bruno for his work on behalf of everyone at the club," continued Beiersdorfer. "We will never forget what he achieved in a very difficult period for the club."
The HSV board will announce Labbadia’s successor at the beginning of the week.