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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Mar 8, 2011

Veh to leave in summer

Hamburg coach Armin Veh has announced that he will be stepping down as coach of the Bundesliga club in the summer.

Veh took charge just over eight months ago, but off-field problems have contributed to him confirming his departure today.

''Given the situation at the club right now, I am not going to be here any more next year,'' he said.

The club are experiencing a turbulent time with president Bernd Hoffmann receiving a vote of no confidence at the weekend. Hamburg advisory board chairman Otto Rieckhoff has condemned the media for their coverage of the vote of no confidence.

Hoffmann failed to gain the two thirds' approval he required from the board at a meeting on Sunday to stand for re-election beyond the end of 2011, meaning he will have to step down at the end of the year.

The German media has been speculating about who voted against Hoffmann and why divisions have emerged in the advisory board, and Rieckhoff says this has ''overstepped the mark''.

''I condemn the public lies, accusations and insults against individual advisory board members which have been raised partly by the media,'' he said in a press release. ''What is happening here is not an attempt to damage the personal integrity of certain individuals with half truths and, at times, total lies, but it is an attempt to put individuals under threat with personal threats.

''That is absolutely unacceptable and that is not HSV's style. This has no place at our club and it has overstepped the mark.''

Rieckhoff added that he and the advisory board have ''always had a duty to act for the good of HSV and its Bundesliga team''.

''That remains the case to this day,'' he added. ''It is absolutely unacceptable for me that individual advisory board members are being accused of having hidden agendas or even personal interests.''

The crisis at HSV, who spent almost two years searching for a new director of sport before going for Frank Arnesen recently, albeit only from the summer, has now also caused Veh to throw in the towel just one year into a two-year contract.

On the field, a 4-2 defeat at home to Mainz on Sunday left the northern Germany club lying seventh in the Bundesliga, five points adrift of a place in Europe next season.

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