Second division soccer team Hamburger SV parts ways with coach Tim Walter. The club confirmed this on Monday, and assistant coaches Julian Hübner and Filip Tapalovic also had to leave. Hamburg had recently lost three home games in a row, and HSV is currently in relegation place in the 2nd league. Assistant Merlin Polzin is taking over the training work for the time being.
“After the disappointing home defeat against Hannover 96, we carried out a situation analysis and came to the decision that we had to make a change in order not to jeopardize our goals for the season,” HSV board member Jonas Boldt is quoted in the statement: “Our performance fluctuations in the The previous games were too big and we lack full conviction that we will achieve the necessary balance and stability in our game in this constellation over the next few weeks.”
“I would have liked to continue to contribute to achieving our season goal together. I would like to thank HSV, the office and the extraordinary fans for more than two and a half years of great cooperation. I wish the team and the club maximum success in the rest of the season,” Walter is quoted as saying that he received the news “sadly and calmly”.
Walter took over HSV in the summer of 2021 and has since missed the hoped-for promotion in relegation twice. Sports director Jonas Boldt no longer believed he could make a successful attempt on the third attempt. Walter’s contract runs until the end of the season. Frank Pagelsdorf last had a longer tenure as coach at HSV between 1997 and 2001. Walter averaged 1.82 points per game in 103 games.
Steffen Baumgart is considered a potential successor. The 52-year-old, who coached 1. FC Köln until the end of 2023, is reportedly ready to work in Hamburg.