Struggling Hamburger SV have brought in Mirko Slomka as their new coach, having dismissed Bert van


Slomka replaces Van Marwijk at Hamburg

Struggling Hamburger SV have brought in Mirko Slomka as their new coach, having dismissed Bert van Marwijk in the wake of Saturday's 4-2 loss at bottom side TSV Eintracht Braunschweig.

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The 46-year-old Slomka left Hannover 96 in December after three years in charge, having saved the club from relegation in his first term and then led them to the quarter-finals of the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League – losing to eventual winners Club Atl├ętico de Madrid. The one-time FC Schalke 04 boss has agreed a contract until 2016.

"Mirko Slomka is a respected Bundesliga coach, who has proved his ability with several stints in Germany," said Hamburg sporting director Oliver Kreuzer. "He showed at Hannover he is capable of managing in difficult circumstances." Slomka added: "We now have to tease out the technical and tactical qualities of the team. That's what we will be working on in the coming days."

Hamburg have taken 16 points from their first 21 Bundesliga games and are second from bottom of the table, three points from safety. Hamburg are the only side to have played in every Bundesliga season.

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