- Title: GERMANY: Hamburg appoint Dutchman Stevens as coach
- Date: 4th February 2007
- Summary: GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY (JANUARY 17, 2005)(REUTERS) HUUB STEVENS ARRIVING AT SCHALKE 04 STADIUM PLACARD ANNOUNCING CHARITY MATCH FOR VICTIMS OF TSUNAMI STEVENS SPEAKING AT NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 19th February 2007 12:00
- Location: Germany
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Sports
- Reuters ID: LVA25CJUURE027S4QYBJPPNCHYV7
- Story Text: Bundesliga strugglers Hamburg said on Friday (February 2) they had appointed Dutchman Huub Stevens to replace Thomas Doll as coach after Felix Magath, fired by Bayern Munich on Wednesday, ruled himself out.
Stevens is to leave Roda JC Kerkrade of the Netherlands and will sign a contract lasting through June 2008, Hamburg said on its Web site.
Doll was sacked on Thursday after Hamburg, which has been in Germany's top league since it was formed in 1963, slipped to the bottom of the table with just one victory this season.
Magath had ruled out a return to Hamburg for ethical reasons, saying the club should stick with their original choice of Stevens.
Stevens, 53, led Germany's Schalke 04 to victory in the UEFA Cup in 1997 and has also coached German clubs Hertha Berlin and Cologne.
He said he was looking forward to his new task and was certain that the team had the necessary quality to get out of the relegation zone.
Magath had looked a logical choice to go back to the club where he won the European Cup as a player, and also later coached, but the 53-year-old said he knew Hamburg already had a deal with Stevens and did not want to see it broken.
"My professional ethics mean I could never take away a colleague's job," Magath told the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper in an interview to be published on Saturday.
"Stevens is the right man for the job and will save Hamburg from relegation."
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