Oenning reassured over future
Hamburg coach Michael Oenning should not fear for his personal future despite yesterday's 5-0 defeat at Bayern Munich. That result left the northern Germany club inside the bottom two of the Bundesliga having conceded ten goals already in their first three games of the season.
However, Oenning will be given the time he needs to turn things around, according to the club's director of sport Frank Arnesen. "We are backing the coach," he said. "I have faith in the entire coaching team. The fact is, the team needs time and Michael Oenning also needs time, and we will give him that time."
Nevertheless, Oenning admitted the performance was "shocking" as he only just avoided the fate of his predecessor Armin Veh, who was fired immediately after a 6-0 humbling at the hands of Bayern last season. "This is a defeat which really hurts," added the under-fire Hamburg coach. "We could not even do the simple things during the game."
The mood in the Bayern camp was in stark contrast, meanwhile, despite the warning before the game from their chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge that a defeat would not be tolerated. "We can all be very happy," said their coach Jupp Heynckes. "The team looked ambitious from the beginning and I was particularly pleased that we did not concede. We did not let them have a single chance. This was certainly the best performance of the season."
Bayern will travel to Zurich in confident mood for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off match on Tuesday.