Van Marwijk confirms Hamburg interest
Ex-Holland coach Bert van Marwijk has confirmed Hamburg have approached him to take charge of the struggling Bundesliga outfit.
"Hamburg telephoned me straight after Thorsten Fink was fired, we sat down and talked during the week," the 61-year-old Van Marwijk told Dutch television.
"I told them what I can offer, then told me what they wanted.
"The contract will run for two years with a year's extension."
Fink was fired last Tuesday after two years in charge in the wake of Hamburg's 6-2 drubbing at Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund a week ago.
Van Marwijk has been a free agent since resigning as Holland coach after losing all three group stage matches at the European championships in June 2012.
The Dutchman could be presented as Hamburg coach as early as Wednesday after reserve team trainer Rodolfo Cardoso was caretaker coach for Saturday's 2-0 defeat at home to Werder Bremen.
Cardoso will be in charge for Tuesday's German Cup second-round match at home to second division leaders Greuther Fuerth.
Hamburg have also been negotiating with Swiss coach Christian Gross, who was been out of work since April 2012.
But the north German team are already in deep trouble having lost four of their opening six league matches and are 16th in the table.
"It was a bitter defeat, we are right down there," fumed director of sport Oliver Kreuzer after the Bremen defeat while defender Heiko Westermann is already taking about fighting for survival.
"Now, it's all about avoiding relegation, I have been saying that for a few days," said the centre-back.