Monday, 10th February, 2014

Embattled Hamburg coach Bert van Marwijk was left depressed with the events that prompted speculation of his exit, but vowed to fight on for the club's survival.

Hamburg lost 3-0 to Hertha Berlin at home on Saturday, which became the last straw for fans. They blocked the exit for the club's players and staff and were even understood to have thrown stones at players' cars.

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Hamburg's leadership called a quickfire meeting – even as former HSV man Felix Magath's name began floating around – which resulted in "resounding" support for Van Marwijk from the board.

Van Marwijk, whose side have lost the last six league games, will now attempt a miracle at best when they take on Bayern Munich in the DFB-Pokal.


The former Borussia Dortmund coach today told a press conference: "What has happened in the last few days, is new to me.

"I had the feeling that the club was destroying itself. We wanted to stick together and not fall apart.

"What happened was actually the opposite. [But] I can promise, we will fight to the end to avoid relegation – and I believe that we can do it."

Hamburg are currently second from bottom in the table, two points from safety, and their next league meeting is a crunch one against bottom club Eintracht Braunschweig.

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