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Struggling Hamburg fire Slomka as coach

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HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Hamburger SV fired coach Mirko Slomka late Monday after the club's poor start to the season.

Hamburg media director Joern Wolf told The Associated Press that the 47-year-old former Hannover and Schalke coach had been dismissed "with immediate effect." He had no details on a possible successor.

Slomka took over last February, when he was charged with preventing Hamburg's first relegation from the Bundesliga. That was only achieved through a nervy playoff win over second-division side Greuther Fuerth at the end of the season.

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