Labbadia
Labbadia

Labbadia, 49, took over on April 15 last year and helped steer Hamburg clear of a first-ever Bundesliga relegation via a two-legged play-off match with Karlsruhe.

Labbadia
Labbadia

New one-year deals have also been signed by assistants Eddy Soezer and Bernhard Trares.

Hamburg chairman Dietmar Beiersdorfer said the club was “delighted” to keep former Hamburg player Labbadia and the coaching staff for another season.

“Bruno is going about our common task with great enthusiasm and identifies incredibly with (the city of) Hamburg and HSV. Bruno Labbadia lives our club,” he said.

Labbadia said the decision to extend by just one year rather than a longer period was because he and the club enjoyed a partnership which “doesn’t need a large and complicated agreement.”

After another year the two sides would sit down again to discuss the future, he said.

Hamburg, the only original Bundesliga club never to have been relegated, have endured two nerve-racking seasons with relegation only avoided via the play-offs.

Labbadia, who played for Hamburg 1987-1989 and was coach at the club between 2009 and 2010, was the club’s fourth coach last season following Mirko Slomka, Josef Zinnbauer and interim coach Peter Knaebel.

The season so far has been a more solid one for the northern Germans, with Labbadia’s side 10th in the table.

Hamburg host champions and league leaders Bayern Munich on January 22 when the season resumes from its winter break.

GNA

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