Trainer Dieter Hecking leaves Hamburg SV after only one year. The second division soccer team, who missed promotion to the first division, said that after extensive discussions with Hecking, there would be no extension of the contract, which expired on June 30. At first, the picture had reported that the coach declined an offer for a new contract less than a week after the missed promotion.
In the association's communication, however, there was talk of a joint decision. "We have not achieved the desired goal. I take responsibility for this," said Hecking accordingly. "I would also like to give those responsible the opportunity to take the necessary steps in the post-Corona period and under changed conditions."
HSV sports director Jonas Boldt spoke of a "very open, honest exchange." They had first carried out the analysis of the past season and then talked about the possibility for the coming season. "The bottom line is that we are forced to take a different path. This is how we came to a joint decision." Boldt thanked Hecking for "the very good and trusting, honest cooperation."
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Hecking's contract would have been automatically extended upon return to the first division. This goal missed the HSV as second division fourth, as last season under Hecking's predecessor Hannes Wolf. Hecking's successor could be, according to the picture, André Breitenreiter, who previously trained in Hannover 96, Alfred Schreuder (until recently with 1899 Hoffenheim) or ex-Darmstadt 98 coach Dimitrios Grammozis.
In spite of the ascent goal not being achieved, an extension of Hecking's contract was previously expected. Sports director Boldt, who described Hecking as his "first point of contact" for contract discussions, favored continuing until the end. Marcell Jansen, the honorary president of the overall club and head of the supervisory board of the outsourced soccer company, also said that the club wanted to get away from the "hiring and firing" of the past and towards continuity.
Hecking himself had declared his general willingness to continue if he stayed in the second division. However, he linked this to the condition that the HSV provide him with a powerful squad. The club was obviously unable to fulfill this wish: the financially stricken club had to limit its budget due to the Corona crisis. In addition, the two most important sponsors, the airline Emirates and investor Klaus-Michael Kühne, have declared their exit. This caused a financial hole of 5.6 million euros at HSV.