Hamburg have relieved head coach Bernd Hollerbach of his duties, appointing Under-21 coach Christian Titz as his replacement until the end of the season.

Hollerbach has been unable to revive HSV’s fortunes since replacing Markus Gisdol in the Volksparkstadion hot seat in late January, collecting just three points from a possible 21 in the league.

The northern giants - who have never been relegated from the Bundesliga - trail relegation play-off incumbents Mainz by seven points with just eight games of the 2017/18 season left to play.

“We analysed and discussed the 6-0 defeat to Bayern Munich on Saturday at length,” said board member Franck Wettstein. “We concluded, in light of our situation fighting against relegation, that we had to act.

“Bernd never complained once and always conducted himself with professionalism. At the end of the day, though, we failed to improve under his leadership and couldn’t get the results we wanted.”

Titz’s first game in charge will be at home to Hertha Berlin on Matchday 27 before games against in-form Stuttgart (away) and high-flying Schalke (home).

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