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OFFICIAL: Hamburg Sack Head Coach Bruno Labbadia

Bundesliga outfit Hamburger SV have confirmed that they've sacked head coach Bruno Labbadia in the aftermath of the club's heavy 5-1 league defeat against Hoffenheim on Sunday.

The 44-year-old Labbadia left Bayer Leverkusen for Hamburg last summer and made a good start to life at the Rothosen. However, HSV have been far from impressive since the winter break and currently sit only seventh in the league table.

HSV lock horns with Fulham later this week in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final, but the German side's direction was seemingly no longer confident Labbadia was the right man to guide HSV to European glory. The German coach's contract was due to expire in the summer of 2012.

The Bundesliga side have appointed Ricardo Moniz as caretaker boss until the end of the season. The 45-year-old Dutchman already worked at Hamburg as a coach.

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