Hamburg coach Armin Veh has been sacked following Saturday’s 6-0 thrashing at Bayern Munich, with his assistant Michael Oenning put in charge until the end of the season.
Veh last week announced that he would not be renewing his contract in the summer, but Saturday’s defeat in Munich has promoted the club to act now.
“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 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 after the defeat to Bayern. “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 on Sunday morning.
Hamburg goalkeeper Frank Rost heavily criticised his club’s board after Saturday’s defeat to Bayern.
“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. But too many people are underestimating this – they are putting their personal egos first. It is incredible.”