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Hamburg have split with sporting director Frank Arnesen and are in discussions to replace him with Felix Magath, who coached both Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg to the Bundesliga title, according to reports on Wednesday.
Hamburg's supervisory board decided to axe the 56-year-old Arnesen after a six-hour meeting on Tuesday, according to Hamburg radio station NDR, and are in talks with both Magath and ex-Hanover 96 manager Joerg Schmadtke about the now vacant role.
Hamburg finished seventh in the Bundesliga, failing to qualify for next season's Europa League, after an inconsistent campaign which featured two wins against Borussia Dortmund but also a 9-2 defeat at champions Bayern Munich in March.
Magath spent the majority of his playing career at Hamburg, and scored the winning goal when they beat Juventus 1-0 in the 1983 European Cup final.