After the 1: 5 debacle against SV Sandhausen and the resulting non-promotion of Hamburger SV, the club is facing the next big change.
“We started it as a whole – and that’s exactly how we have now failed as a whole,” admits HSV coach Dieter Hecking. The 55-year-old deliberately adds that he does not want to identify individual culprits.
It is not yet clear whether the Hamburgers will start their third second division season with Hecking as their coach. His contract would only have been renewed automatically on ascent. “Now you have to see whether we can set up this big picture again so that everyone has the feeling that it can work out next year,” emphasizes Hecking, thereby indicating that the conditions must also be right for him.
HSV doesn’t want to start from scratch
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When “the entire sports system collapsed” last year, as the then HSV boss Bernd Hoffmann put it, heads rolled. This year, at least the previous plan provides that those responsible for sport remain together so that they don’t have to start from scratch. “We will go into the analysis in the next few days and draw the right conclusions,” announced chief controller Marcell Jansen.
The next change in the squad is pending anyway, which is the second most expensive in the second division, but has not yet provided proof of its class. Because ultimately it was the team that failed on the pitch. After the Corona break alone, they lost six points in Fürth (2: 2), Stuttgart (2: 3), Heidenheim (1: 2) and against Kiel (3: 3) due to sometimes hair-raising last minute goals.
In Hamburg the nerves are blank
The crowning glory follows in the season finale: Instead of using the steep cut from 1. FC Heidenheim (0: 3 in Bielefeld) and securing the missing point, the HSV went under against the club from the 15,000-strong community of Sandhausen and missed again as Fourth the relegation. HSV’s nerves failed again and the club will have to play a second-class lap again next season.
But the non-promotion has above all financial consequences: The HSV’s missed return again means that the HSV will not only lose around 20 million euros in fixed income. The further commitment of the two largest HSV partners is also open. The contract with Klaus-Michael Kühne on the naming rights at the Volksparkstadion expires on Tuesday. So far, the billionaire, who as the largest single shareholder holds a 20.57 percent stake in Fußball AG des HSV, has paid four million euros a year. In addition, the airline Emirates, also heavily affected by Corona, as the main sponsor after the non-promotion could draw an exit clause from the contract until 2022.
St. Pauli separates from Luhukay
At the other Hamburg second division club, on the other hand, a decision has already been made: After a disappointing season, FC St. Pauli has separated from coach Jos Luhukay. The Dutchman’s contract ran until the end of June 2021. However, as the 14th in the final table, St. Pauli remained below his sporting expectations. The club managers want to decide during the summer break who should succeed Luhukay.
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