The club have moved quickly to replace the 55-year-old, whose departure from the club was only confirmed on Saturday following the club’s failure to win promotion to the Bundesliga.
In that time, the only black coach in professional German football has guided them to a surprise 3. Liga title in 2019 before leading them to safety in the 2. Bundesliga in the season just gone.
He will be joined at Hamburg by assistant Merlin Polzin and both have signed contracts until 2022. The 45-year-old will have to work with a smaller budget than Hecking – ultimately the key reason why for former Borussia Mönchengladbach and Wolfsburg coach left.
“We want to develop individual players and thus our team as a whole,” said CEO Jonas Boldt, who noted Thioune had already done this “with manageable means” at Osnabrück. “It fits our orientation, which is adapted to the somewhat changed possibilities.”
“For me, the job at HSV is a big challenge, which I would like to tackle with a lot of hard work, teamwork and heart,” said Thioune himself. “Everyone knows that HSV wants to go back to the Bundesliga,” he continued “but talking about it doesn’t bring us closer to our goals. From day one, I will work hard with my team to ensure that all players develop and that we play football successfully.”
His departure from Osnabrück will leave a massive hole to fill. The club were in the bottom three of the 3. Liga when he stepped up from the U19 side, yet in less than two years he led them to the second tier with a young and dynamic side, and the impact he had on and off the field will be incredibly difficult to replicate.
It is no doubt a bold move for both parties, but one that has the potential to be a turning point in HSV’s misfortunes of recent years.
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