“Briefly startled – with joy,” was how Markus Gisdol described his reaction to being offered the post of Hamburger SV head coach.
And just in case anyone present for his official unveiling at the Volksparkstadion had not yet grasped how delighted he is with his new job he added, “Hamburg's a really great number, I can't wait to get started. This is a truly fantastic club.”
The new man's seemingly boundless enthusiasm certainly contrasted with the increasingly gloomy atmosphere that had attached itself to the Bundesliga's only ever-present member over the course of the opening five matchdays. An initial home draw with FC Ingolstadt 04 was followed by five straight losses, including Gisdol's first match in charge of the club - a 2-0 defeat at high-flying Hertha Berlin.