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Football: Struggling Hamburg sign new coach

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Bundesliga strugglers Hamburg on Monday signed experienced coach Mirko Slomka as they seek to avoid what would be their first-ever relegation from German top-flight football.

Slomka will be the third coach this season for Hamburg, who already parted company with Thorsten Fink in September and Dutchman Bert van Marwijk last week.

Ex-Netherlands coach Van Marwijk, 61, was sacked on Saturday night after Hamburg were drubbed 4-2 at bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig, their seventh consecutive league defeat seeing them set an unwelcome club record.

Slomka now steps in after spells at Bundesliga sides Schalke 04 and Hanover 96, who sacked him in December after a string of away defeats.

Hamburg have never previously been relegated from the Bundesliga and Slomka faces an unenviable task to inspire a squad low on morale.

"It's going to be about sorting out the tactical and technical abilities of the team. That's what we're going to have to work on in the next few days," said the new coach as he was presented.

The 46-year-old Slomka helped Schalke to second place in 2007. He took over at Hanover 96 in 2010, steering the Lower Saxony side to the Europa League in 2011-12 and 2012-13.

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