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.
BREAKING: The HSV board has today decided to relieve Bernd Hollerbach of his duties. Under-21 coach Christian Titz will assume the position of head coach until the end of the season. #nurderHSV pic.twitter.com/UvaOWm3TAD— HSV English (@HSV_English) March 12, 2018
“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.”