Basketball Bundesliga team Hamburg Towers parted ways with their head coach Raoul Korner with immediate effect one day after the home defeat against Ulm. His successor is Benka Barloschky, who has already coached the Hanseatic League on an interim basis twice this season.
“Not so much the defeat itself, but the way the team presented itself made it clear that we have to act now. We came to the conclusion that Raoul could no longer reach the team as he did in ours current situation would be necessary,” said Towers Managing Director Marvin Willoughby on Sunday. “We urgently need a new impetus on the sidelines.”
Only six wins in 14 BBL games
The Towers had presented themselves disastrously against Ulm, especially in the second round – a 40:42 at half time became a 65:80. Korner spoke of a “relapse into old, bad patterns” and an “indisputable performance”.
The 48-year-old Austrian only came to the Elbe in the summer as the successor to Pedro Calles, who had moved to Oldenburg. After only six wins from 14 BBL games, the Towers, in tenth place in the table, are in danger of missing the targeted play-off ranks.
Barloschky debut on Wednesday in the EuroCup
Barloschky, who had extended his contract until 2025 in the summer, has already replaced the sick Korner in two games as head coach on an interim basis, including the 96-73 win against Würzburg, which ended a six-game losing streak in the BBL.
Starting Monday, the 35-year-old will prepare his team for the start of the second half of the EuroCup on Wednesday (7.30 p.m.) against Buducnost Podgorica. The coaching team is temporarily completed by Fabian Villmeter.
New Towers coach: Benka Barloschky.
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Sports current | 08.01.2023 | 4:17 p.m