Chairman gives Oenning reassurance
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Hamburg coach Michael Oenning must not fear for his job, according to the club's chairman Carl-Edgar Jarchow.

A 4-3 defeat at home to Cologne yesterday left the only club never to have been relegated from the top flight of German football rooted to the bottom of the table with just one point from the first four games of the season.

However, Jarchow says Oenning's position is not up for discussion. "Of course we have a bad record, however, we still have faith in Michael Oenning being able to get something out of this team," he said.

"He knows that he needs points, but at the moment there is no reason to make any changes to the situation. From our side, there is no discussion about the coach."

Oenning himself preferred to look on the bright side after a third defeat in the first four games of the season.

He knows that he needs points, but at the moment there is no reason to make any changes to the situation.
Hamburg chairman Carl-Edgar Jarchow on coach Michael Oenning

"We could be all demoralised and say that we only have one point, but we could also say that the way we played was the first step in the right direction," he said. "We played our best game of the season."

However, Cologne played even better as their coach Stale Solbakken celebrated his first win of the campaign to put a temporary halt to rumours about his own future.

"These were three very important points," said the Norwegian coach. "It was not a game for a coach with a pacemaker."

The 43-year-old had a pacemaker fitted after suffering a heart attack during training when he was a Copenhagen player back in 2001.

He was declared clinically dead before being revived almost eight minutes after his heart had stopped beating in the ambulance on the way to hospital.