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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Sammer explains Hamburg snub

Matthias Sammer has defended his decision to turn down Hamburg's approach for him to become their new director of sport.

The current director of sport of the German Football Association (DFB) held talks with Hamburg last Tuesday and appeared keen on their offer, so much so that club chairman Otto Rieckhoff announced the deal was almost done.

However, Sammer felt Rieckhoff's premature announcement had put him in a difficult position and he decided not to accept the post.

"When the chairman speaks on Tuesday night, he should say that he recognises and respects my personal and employment situation and that the positive talks would continue without any pressure,'' said Sammer. "That would have been an absolutely logical thing to say.

"The fact is, the situation was all under control until Tuesday night, and then it was not anymore.''

Sammer also said he informed Hamburg that he first needed to discuss the offer with his family and also clear things up with the DFB.

"I had made this clear at the very beginning so everybody knew where they stood,'' added Sammer in an interview with Sky television. "I am sorry for HSV. It maybe is a bit frustrating for them, but if you no longer have control over things, you are forced to take a decision.''

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