New boss Van Marwijk turns shrink to help Hamburg
New Hamburg coach Bert van Marwijk has said he will put his squad through psychological testing in a bid to turn the struggling Bundesliga team around.
The 61-year-old ex-Holland manager was appointed as Hamburg coach on Monday after the Hanseatic club's disastrous start to the season under predecessor Thorsten Fink.
Fink, 45, was fired after Hamburg were routed 6-2 at Borussia Dortmund two weeks ago, having been hammered 5-1 at home by Hoffenheim in August.
They have leaked 17 goals in their first six league games.
With Hamburg currently 16th in the league, in the relegation play-off place, van Marwijk has set about improving his side's defensive frailties and organisation ahead of his first game in charge at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
"We will do a personality test, it helps to learn what's in the mind of the players and act accordingly," said van Marwijk, who steered the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final.
"Psychology is important, but a coach's eyes are more important."
The Hamburg squad will be presented with a questionnaire of 128 statements on a variety of subjects including sex, power, food and family (eg. "I have a lot of erotic fantasies", "I love parties" and "I like it when other people follow my orders").
"If it takes us forward, why not? I have no problem with answering intimate questions," said centre-back Heiko Westermann, while captain Rafael van der Vaart said he will answer the questions as truthfully as possible.
Questionnaires aside, van Marwijk is all too aware of the key areas which his side must improve on against Frankfurt.
"We must defend with the whole team," said the Dutchman, who spent two years coaching Borussia Dortmund from 2004 to 2006.
"The guys have understood what I want from them.
"It's important that the players are behind it and understand why we we're doing it."