One point from 6 games has proved too much for manager Michael Oenning who has been dismissed.
There is a clock on the Hamburg website which proudly displays how long Die Rothosen have been in the Bundesliga. They have been in the Bundesliga since the foundation of the national league system 48 years ago. But is the clock about to stop ticking? Fans at the Imtech Arena aren’t used to propping up the league. One point from 6 games has proved too much for manager Michael Oenning who has been dismissed.
So why are they in this position? Only two years ago they reached the Semi-Final of the Europa League and last year they finished in eighth place. Oenning only took over at Hamburg from Armin Veh in March and this latest dismissal marks his sixth managerial casualty in three years.
It’s been 6 long months since Hamburg’s last win, the only win under Oenning. Hamburg’s sporting director told the HSV official website that, "After the 0-1 home defeat to Gladbach and following several intensive discussions, we are convinced to have made the right decision.”
Oenning has been replaced on a short-term basis by reserve team boss Rodolfo Cardoso, who has an uphill battle ahead of him as this weekend HSV make the long trip down to the south-west to take on Stuttgart followed by playing host to Schalke.
It must be remembered that HSV have never been relegated from the Bundesliga. However, with only one point from a possible 18 it will be a challenge to maintain that for whoever takes over from Oenning.
Bayern go marching on
With just one goal conceded and one defeat so far this season, Bayern Munich look like it will take some effort to move from the top of the table. Juup Heynckes’ men have been unbeaten since their opening day defeat to Gladbach, continuously banging in the goals in the weeks since.
Last weekend’s 0-2 win away at Schalke was Bayern eighth away win in a row. The match marked the return to the Veltins Arena for former Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Despite being booed after every touch, he kept yet another clean sheet. The goals from Petersen and Mueller capped a professional performance from the record champions.