German Bundesliga

Hamburg manager backs president

December 14, 2010

Hamburg coach Armin Veh has given his backing to his club's under-fire president Bernd Hoffmann, saying he should not be blamed for the poor results on the field at present.

Hoffmann was the focus of the fans' anger after last weekend's 4-2 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen as a group of angered fans congregated outside the club's headquarters calling for him to resign.

He has been made the scapegoat for the club's ninth position and only 21 points so far this season, despite many saying back in August that this is the strongest Hamburg squad in decades.

And Veh says it is wrong to blame Hoffmann since he cannot directly influence proceedings outside of his own office.

"Of course we are all disappointed and the frustration is understandable, but it is we on the pitch who are responsible,'' he said. "Bernd Hoffmann can do nothing about what happens in a match. No president in the world is responsible for that.''

The chairman of the advisory board Horst Becker has drawn his own conclusion and decided that he no longer wants to play a leading role in the club's future.

He tendered his resignation at a board meeting on Monday night, announcing that he would not be standing for re-election in January.

However, Veh's focus remains on Friday's final Bundesliga fixture of 2010 against Borussia Monchengladbach, when his side can appease the fans' frustrations with a winning end to the year.

"We want three points against Gladbach and that is our primary aim,'' he said.