Coach Veh ousted at Hamburg after Bayern drubbing

Coach Veh ousted at Hamburg after Bayern drubbing
Ousted Hamburg coach Armin Veh. Photo: DPA
Hamburg announced the sacking of coach Armin Veh on Sunday, a day after the side suffered a humiliating 6-0 reverse to Bayern Munich.

Veh said midweek he hoped to stay on until the end of the season, however the outcome of an emergency management meeting decided otherwise.

Assistant coach Michael Oenning, 45, is set to take over the helm of the eighth-placed Hamburg through the end of the season and will be assisted by former player Rodolfo Cardoso.

Veh, 50, arrived at Hamburg in May 2010 and had a contract until 2012. A former coach with Wolfsburg, he also led Stuttgart to the German league title in 2007.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal could not resist a dig back at the German media after his side smashed their losing streak with their hammering of Hamburg on Saturday.

Three consecutive defeats – by German league leaders Dortmund, Schalke in

the German cup and Hanover – had left Munich reeling, and van Gaal was told

last Monday his contract will be terminated at the end of the season.

After the Dutchman was effectively shown the door by Bayern, the German media poked fun at the egotistical van Gaal, but the German giants produced an impressive display to silence their critics.

Bayern roared back as Dutch winger Arjen Robben bagged a hat-trick, Germany’s Thomas Müller scored and Frenchman Franck Ribery netted twice after an own goal by Hamburg’s Heiko Westermann was later credited to him.

Van Gaal was understandably buoyed by the success with holders Inter Milan the next guests at Munich’s Allianz Arena on Tuesday in the Champions League Round of 16 second-leg clash.

“Who would have thought this, eh? Certainly not my friends from the media,

but that is football,” gloated van Gaal.


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