Hamburg has sacked coach Thomas Doll after droppingto the foot of the Bundesliga, making him the third Bundesliga managerial casualty in 48 hours.
Doll was fired following the 1-1 draw at home to Energie Cottbus which left Hamburg with just 15 points from 19 games.
“We regret this decision,” chairman Bernd Hoffmann said on the club’s website.
“We were convinced we could turn things around with Thomas Doll. But the impressions and the results from the last two games have forced us to react.”
Doll said he was upset by the decision.
“Of course I am very sad. I had two-and-a-half great years at HSV and I hope the team can soon bounce back.”
The club said it would name a new coach before Saturday’s match at Hertha Berlin.
Doll, who was appointed in October 2004 to replace Klaus Toppmoller, led Hamburg to third place in the Bundesliga and a Champions League qualification spot last season, but the team has spent much of this season battling against relegation.
Doll is the third Bundesliga coach to part company with his club this week, when Felix Magath was fired by champions Bayern Munich and Jupp Heynckes quit at Borussia Monchengladbach.