Hamburg fires coach Thorsten Fink after bad start
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) - Hamburger SV has fired Thorsten Fink as coach following the team's disappointing start to the Bundesliga.
Hamburg chairman Carl Jarchow says the club decided to fire the 45-year-old Fink late Monday.
Fink earlier told a local radio station that he is "proud to have been here the two years. I trained a great club . it's still early enough now to achieve the (season's) aims, even with another coach.''
The Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper reports that Hamburg is already in talks with former Hertha Berlin and Hoffenheim coach Markus Babbel as a successor.
Hamburg was routed 6-2 by Borussia Dortmund on Saturday and was humbled 5-1 at home by Hoffenheim earlier in the season. The team has conceded 15 goals and secured only four points from five matches.