The theater at HSV starts

WITHDaniel Thioune quickly got to know the unpleasant sides of the life of a HSV coach. The game in Dresden was enough. Actually, the preparatory summer in Hamburg gave little cause to doubt the possibility of a proper start to the season. Yes, this time too, HSV exchanged the board (in March) and the coach (only in July). But with the troika made up of coach Thioune, sports director Jonas Boldt and sports director Michael Mutzel, a men’s community seemed to be working that was trusted to be able to achieve promotion at the end of the third year in the second division – under corona conditions, with significantly less Money.

The three and the team can still prove that it works. But the 1: 4 on Monday evening at Dynamo has raised considerable doubts as to whether this team actually has the necessary resilience to survive in the second division.

Deviated from the goal

Central defender Toni Leistner, 30 years old, should stand for more robustness. But the former Dresden professional had his most noticeable scene after the final whistle. Then he ran away from the interview into the stands and angrily pushed a viewer who is said to have insulted him and his pregnant wife. Words of apology were spoken that evening. Dynamo found the viewer who disagreed that he should have denigrated the family of the professional – but only Leistner, which did not make things much better.

The German Football Association asked Leistner’s statement on the incident; a suspension for several cup games could follow. The whole thing was irritating not only because of the absence of masks from the two arguers – in times of sophisticated hygiene concepts, it was surprising how quickly Leistner got to the stands. On Tuesday evening, Leistner wrote on Instagram that he had spoken to the fan on the phone: “Like me, he saw his mistake. I accept his apology, the matter is over between us. “

Hard Hamburg reality: HSV is eliminated from the DFB Cup. “I thought we were one step further,” says coach Daniel Thioune.

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Thioune only wants to see more robustness from his team on the grass. Experienced players have been brought in for all parts of the team: Leistner in the back, Klaus Gjasula in the middle, Simon Terodde in front. Boldt and Mutzel have accepted the fact that HSV deviates from its actual goal with these obligations, which is called “development”, because they believe that no one can advance only with younger potential players. You can accept this argument, especially since the financial situation of HSV really doesn’t allow any big leaps. The motto is preferably free of charge.

It was now almost tragic, for others certainly amusing, how neither Leistner nor Gjasula nor Terodde improved anything for the time being. Gjasula recalled the former transfer Valon Behrami (2014/15), who confused the addition of many duels with football when the cup was knocked out in the first round. After injury, Terodde only traveled as a joker. And Leistner ensured with his freak out that all of football Germany spoke about HSV. In any case, the good mood was not on board when HSV traveled back from Dresden to prepare for the first second division game of the season against Düsseldorf this Friday evening (6.30 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the second division and on Sky).

Statement by Toni Leistner on Instagram

Statement by Toni Leistner on Instagram

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“I thought we were one step further,” said Daniel Thioune. The 46-year-old soccer teacher has shown in seven Osnabrück years how to make a lot out of a little. He did not hide the fact that VfL should be his springboard for a larger club. That has now been successful. And it is not gratitude, but realism when Thioune describes the “current situation” at HSV as “good” – with still 25 million euros in the squad costs, the Hamburgers are naturally one of the promotion candidates, even if the leadership around Jonas Boldt does not trumpet it . Of course there is a lack of money because Klaus-Michael Kühne has given up the patronage of the stadium, because the television money is flowing less abundantly, because there is no audience income as elsewhere and the stadium also has to be renovated.

But with the new captain Tim Leibold, with Aaron Hunt, Sonny Kittel, Gideon Jung, Simon Terodde and Bakery Jatta there are enough well-known professionals who should also know how the second division works. Or? Development is required from Thioune, he should make the young professionals better with his coaching staff, make regular players out of talents like Vagnoman, Ambrosius and Onana. It’s tough bread. A big task also because Thioune does not have the name of Dieter Hecking, who also failed because of what the former board member Heribert Bruchhagen named in the “Kicker” as the main reason for all the failure at HSV: “All the people involved are ultimately always on the quality of the team failed. “

Thioune knows the problem areas in the squad. Under Hecking, there was no game idea against low-ranking teams (almost all of them were in the second division) if individual class was not enough. The HSV should be more stable, less easy to overrun, but also more difficult to calculate – more variable. But does that succeed when in the end a lot depends on Hunt’s form? In addition, the Hamburgers lack a strong goalkeeper, and the central defense wobbled alarmingly in Dresden. The currently injured Jatta embodies the all-important speed on the outside lanes.

This Hamburger SV is not a promotion favorite like in the years before. Not even a self-appointed one. The fans, the environment, the city – you don’t expect much from HSV. Maybe that’s a very good starting position to move up.


Hamburg and Hecking miss Bundesliga relegation

AWhen the groundbreaking decisions for the upcoming second division season were made a good year ago, Hamburg SV received applause in turn. Dieter Hecking, 55, came as a well-known coach, Jonas Boldt had made a name for himself as sports director at Bayer 04 Leverkusen. The team seemed well mixed from professionals with missions in the Bundesliga and those who knew the second division.

Hunt, Jatta, Leibold and Harnik, plus Kittel, Fein, Kinsombi and Dudziak: Only VfB Stuttgart had a nobler squad. Lewis Holtby and Pierre-Michel Lasogga had also left, names and faces that stood for failed and unsuccessful high-price policies. Bernd Hoffmann, the shrewd chairman of the board, who understood the coach heavyweight, sat even more: Hecking respected. Whatever helps if Hoffmann actually adheres to leaving the sporting area publicly uncommented.

The fact that there were a lot of new management personnel again because coach Hannes Wolf and sports director Ralf Becker had been fired after fourth place in the 2018/19 season, went down, so hopeful were the Hamburgers that they finally found the right person in a responsible position. When HSV was first after eleven games and 24 points, some of which were well played out, the whole thing seemed as coherent as rarely in the past ten years. The expectations here are not that big anymore. Quiet pole Hecking would fix it, definitely this season! Hamburg loved this coach in late summer 2019. And the trainer felt comfortable. 30 of 69 possible points from the following 23 games have been added. The stable ascent construction became a block tower like the one built by three-year-olds.

13 trainers since 2010

Now there is no stone on the other. Or? In fact, the traditional club is in a tight spot again. Expressly, no more guilty parties are to be sought and found, no individuals who are then chased by the court. That’s what Boldt stands for. He wants to get away from hiring and firing the coaches within a year – the HSV has worn 13 coaches since 2010. The usual reflex should be absent this time, and therefore Hecking has the chance to continue his work despite the embarrassment on Sunday. Whatever he wants. “I’m not a fickle person,” he said when he confidently found words for the 1: 5 against SV Sandhausen and his role in this so disappointing 2019/20 series: “We started as a whole and are now as a whole failed.”

Boldt had said that Hecking was his first point of contact. He stays with it. But does Boldt decide at all? Or Marcell Jansen? The president of HSV eV and chief controller of HSV Fußball AG has so far only said nothing – which does not have to be a good thing for Hecking and Boldt.

The question is: does consistency help, does turning away from the one-year trainer principle help when there is no conviction that the right person is on the bench? Continuity just for the sake of consistency cannot be a solution. Boldt, team planner Michael Mutzel and chief scout Claus Costa certainly made mistakes. The thin and weak central defense urgently needed reinforcements during the winter break. Unlike in the storm, where loan player Joel Pohjanpalo was the only ray of hope in the second half, Jordan Beyer did not help in the defense.

Overall, however, the Hecking leadership fulfilled many wishes. The coach was unable to stabilize the defense despite many changes – the five goals conceded on the last matchday and four last-minute goals showed where HSV wasted their promotion. One point from the last three games, ten points from the nine games since the restart: As a year ago, HSV slumped in the most important phase of the season. The team practically challenged goals against the Kielers and the Heidenheimers. It receded meter by meter. The burden of climbing had to be heavy.

As the Stuttgart sports director Sven Mislintat said at “Sport-Bild”: “If you work for VfB in the second division, and exactly the same applies to HSV, you can’t win, you can only lose. It feels like the relegation battle from the Bundesliga continues. ”Well formulated! This is exactly why the HSV chose pressure-resistant types. Hecking and his assistant Dirk Bremser in front. In the end, however, only Aaron Hunt and Pohjanpalo were up to the stress on the lawn. Where everyone pulled their heads in, they demanded the ball. That ended tragically against SV Sandhausen: Hunt faithfully delivered to Pohjanpalo, which the opponent saw through quickly. Concepts against deep teams? Tactical variations? Changes that sit, changes that are fruitful? Since the 2: 3 against VfB Stuttgart on May 28, Hecking has offered his team nothing more useful. The HSV played poorly and threw away the ascent in a way that all scoffers will have loved. Hard-boiled Hamburg fans clapped for Sandhausen on Sunday because they feared embarrassment against Werder in the event of relegation.

Despite the massive indebtedness, the Hamburg way should consist twice of advancing with comparatively expensive teams. Reduced earnings due to the corona pandemic and the signing departure of financier Klaus-Michael Kühne are forcing a new strategy. Favorites will be others. The HSV becomes the normal second division representative. Maybe that helps – or the next HSV trainer.


Is Michael Kühne’s influence growing?

Two to five: This is a significant defeat in football. Only two of the seven supervisory boards of Hamburger SV voted on Saturday afternoon for further collaboration with CEO Bernd Hoffmann. In the days before, the possible result had seemed even scarcer, and even Hoffmann’s remaining as CEO of HSV Fußball AG had been considered possible. But at the end of a four-hour discussion, five of the councilors were against Hoffmann.


                As expected, only Max-Arnold Köttgen and Thomas Schulz sided with Hoffmann. Both will now leave the top control body. Just like Hoffmann: His second term at the top of the HSV after the thoroughly successful times from 2002 to 2011 ends after just under two years. He has a contract until June 30, 2021 inclusive.


                            Power struggle lost
He lost the power struggle against the board colleagues Jonas Boldt (sports) and Frank Wettstein (finance). There have been inconsistencies with Wettstein for a long time, and with Boldt since late summer of the previous year – Hoffmann had brought him in as the preferred candidate to succeed Ralf Becker in May 2019. And while Boldt had struggled a few times with Hoffmann, the tablecloth was cut with betting stone. The two had said that in a conversation with three supervisory boards on Wednesday, making further cooperation with Hoffmann impossible.

                            The control panel had no longer seen the possibility of “keep it up” at least until the end of the season or until the worst time of the corona pandemic was over. So the signs were already separated in the middle of the week. Without Hoffmann, the new HSV board now consists of two equals, Wettstein and Boldt. Of course, the association is also able to act in this constellation; despite the interruption of the season, liquidity would remain secured until the end of June, Wettstein had said.

Hoffmann left the Volkspark on Saturday with a pre-made comment and did not want to say anything on Sunday. Instead, someone spoke for HSV, which most observers outside of Hamburg probably still have in mind as a player: Marcell Jansen. The 34-year-old former professional has been President of HSV e.V. since January 2019 and is thus based on the AG’s Supervisory Board. On Saturday he also voted against Hoffmann and is now the new chief inspector because Köttgen has given up. “We cannot afford to lose energy and create a difficult relationship of trust in this most difficult time in professional football,” said Jansen, getting to the heart of the matter. He himself is not said to have any ambitions for the board position – so far.



                            Contacts to Kuehne
Jansen should maintain good contacts with Klaus-Michael Kühne. The billionaire had no longer played a public role at HSV for a long time, but had now reappeared in the dispute between Hoffmann and the board members by speaking out against Hoffmann in an interview – Hoffmann had minimized contact with Kuehne and largely isolated the billionaire without giving up its millions for HSV. Kuehne had recently asked for a reorganization of the club without Hoffmann. It was currently about a new contract for the naming rights at the Volksparkstadion. Perhaps Kuehne’s influence on HSV is now increasing again, which many welcome in view of the looming losses of millions due to the Corona crisis.

The background to the dispute between Hoffmann, who was now dismissed from HSV for the second time, and his (former) colleagues on the board of directors initially lay in different attitudes towards players. Hoffmann wanted professionals that Boldt didn’t want. This became public, and the bad mood at the office, where old ditches opened up again, became public. Hoffmann was annoyed by this. With Wettstein it had been crossed for a long time. There were solo efforts and interference in foreign business areas. The mediocre sporty situation with third place in the second Bundesliga may have been added – it certainly increased Bernd Hoffmann’s dissatisfaction with the overall situation.

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                            It is also disappointing that the expensive team with the nominally best squad next to Stuttgart and the experienced trainer Dieter Hecking is hard to maintain a place in the top trio. The derby defeat against St. Pauli on February 22 and the subsequent 0: 3 in Aue had made the bad mood at HSV even worse – then came the corona pandemic. She could no longer mask the leadership crisis at the Hamburg club.