Hamburg coach Armin Veh has been dismissed after yesterday's 6-0 defeat at Bayern Munich, with his assistant Michael Oenning placed in charge until the end of the season. Veh only last week announced that he would not be renewing his contract in the summer, but yesterday's crushing reverse in Munich means he will not even make it that far.
"After he had announced his departure at the end of the season and given the impressions from the last two games, we have decided to intervene now and part company from Armin Veh," said Hamburg's director of sport Bastian Reinhardt in a press release.
Former Nurnberg coach Oenning, who was Veh's right-hand man, will now take over with the former reserve team coach Rodolfo Cardoso promoted to his assistant. Veh made it clear last night that he would not bring his resignation forward and that he would have to be pushed out of the door.
"I am not going to throw in the towel," he said. "But I don't know where things will go from here. I will just travel back to Hamburg and we will wait and see."
He was informed of the board's decision this morning. His dismissal is just the latest chapter in a turbulent season at Hamburg, and goalkeeper Frank Rost heavily criticised his club's board after yesterday's defeat saw the northern Germany club sink to a new low.
Rost has become the first player to speak about the club's in-fighting and how they are affecting the team, and he did not hold back with his rage after yesterday's crushing defeat. "This has been going on the whole year and they just cannot work in any peace and quiet," he said.
"There are so many small issues which sum together into one giant one. What we are seeing is a falling giant and if we get hit by just one more little stone, then this giant is going to fall."
Hamburg dropped to eighth after yesterday's defeat, and they are six points adrift of the top six and their minimum aim of a place in Europe next season.