Bundesliga Hamburg dismiss Bruno Labbadia

Bruno Labbadia has been sacked as Hamburg head coach after the club's poor start to the 2016-17 season.

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Bruno Labbadia has been sacked as Hamburg head coach after the club's poor start to the 2016-17 season.

The 50-year-old was in his second spell in charge of the club, having taken over in April 2015.

After successfully keeping Hamburg up in the relegation play-offs that season, Labbadia led the club to a 10th-place finish last term.

However, Hamburg only have one point from their first five Bundesliga matches this time around, with the last straw proving to be their last-gasp 1-0 home loss to champions Bayern Munich on Saturday.

"Taking our sporting situation into account, this was a necessary step," said chairman Dieter Beiersdorfer as the club announced their decision on Sunday.

"I am convinced we need a change of coach to turn the season around after a disappointing start. After a long pre-season and our performances so far, we have come to the conclusion that our footballing development has not met our expectations.

"I would like to thank Bruno for his work on behalf of everyone at the club. We will never forget what he achieved in a very difficult period for the club."

Labbadia, whose first spell in charge of Hamburg ended with his contract being terminated in 2010, is the second Bundesliga boss to lose his job early in the campaign after Werder Bremen's decision to remove Viktor Skripnik.

Reports in Germany suggest former Hoffenheim boss Markus Gisdol is the favourite to replace him.

Hamburg added they would announce Labbadia's successor at the beginning of next week.

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