Bundesliga club Hamburg SV has fired head coach BERT VAN MARWIJK less than five months after he took over the team. The 61-year-old "will receive compensation" worth close to €3M ($4.1M). He will receive around €500,000 ($685,000) for the remainder of this season and €2.4M ($3.3M) for next season. Former Hannover 96 coach MIRKO SLOMKA "will reportedly succeed Van Marwijk as HSV head coach" (BILD, 2/16). ... Spanish football coach GREGORIO MANZANO signed a contract to take over as coach of Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan on Saturday. Manzano "is the first Spanish coach to take the reins of a CSL club" (EFE, 2/16). ... Former Indian Test captain JAVED MIANDAD "has tendered his resignation to the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board." Miandad, who has served as director-general cricket on the board since '08, sent his resignation letter to new PCB CEO NAJAM SETHI just four days after the government sacked Chair ZAKA ASHRAF and dissolved the governing body (PTI, 2/15). ... EPL side Fulham appointed FELIX MAGATH as its manager and "charged him with saving their Premier League status after losing faith" in RENÈ MEULENSTEEN and "relieving him of his first-team duties after only 75 days in charge." The west London club "have not technically sacked Meulensteen; rather they have made his position untenable by bringing in Magath to do his job and, although the terms of his departure have not yet been finalised, that will happen over the coming days." Fulham confirmed the appointment of Magath on an 18-month contract and also said the composition of his backroom staff would be revealed "in the near future" (London GUARDIAN, 2/14).
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