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Hamburger SV fires coach Bert van Marwijk

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 15, 2014 at 3:41 pm •  Published: February 15, 2014

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Hamburger SV sacked Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk on Saturday after the side's seventh consecutive Bundesliga loss, its eighth overall.

"We were forced to make this decision at this time, although we regret it," Hamburg sporting director Oliver Kreuzer said. "We thank Bert van Marwijk for his work."

The club announced Van Marwijk's dismissal and that of his assistant Roel Coumans "with immediate effect" following a 4-2 loss at Eintracht Braunschweig. The defeat allowed the league's bottom side to move within a point of Hamburg with 13 games remaining.

Hamburg, the only side to have played every season of the Bundesliga since its formation in 1963, said it was "responding to the seventh loss in a row and to slipping to 17th in the table."

Hamburg also lost 5-0 to Bayern Munich in the German Cup on Wednesday.

Kreuzer and chief executive Carl-Edgar Jarchow had backed the 61-year-old Van Marwijk to keep his job during a week of turmoil at the club, despite pressure from within to appoint former coach and player Felix Magath in his place. In a surprise move, Magath was appointed coach of Premier League bottom side Fulham on Friday.

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