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 By PA Sport

Hamburg dismiss Bruno Labbadia after 18 months in charge

Bruno Labbadia saved Hamburg from relegation in 2015.

Hamburg have sacked Bruno Labbadia following their 1-0 Bundesliga defeat to Bayern Munich on Saturday.

Labbadia has been shown the door by the German club after 18 months in charge, with his assistants Eddy Sozer and Bernhard Trares also relieved of their duties on Sunday.

"This step is necessary in view of our sporting trend,'' Hamburg chairman Dietmar Beiersdorfer said in a club statement. "I am convinced that we have to make a change in our coaching position in order to turn things around after a disappointing start to the season.''

Hamburg dropped into the bottom three on Saturday following their fourth defeat in a row, having started the campaign with a draw at home to Ingolstadt.

"After the long preparation and the games up to now, we have got to admit that our development has not been what we had expected,'' Beiersdorfer added.

"I would like to thank Bruno on behalf of the whole of HSV for the work he has done. What he did in a very challenging and difficult time remains unforgettable.''

Labbadia saved Hamburg, the only club never to have been relegated from the Bundesliga, from the drop in a playoff against Karlsruhe after only weeks in charge in 2015. He then kept them in the top flight last season with a 10th-placed finish.

Hamburg will name Labbadia's successor on Monday with former Hoffenheim coach Markus Gisdol seen as the favourite to replace him.

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