Jol named new Hamburg SV coach

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Martin Jol has been named as the new coach of Bundesliga side Hamburg SV, according to reports in the German media on Wednesday.

Dutchman Jol, 52, who signed a two-year contract, will begin duties at his new club at the beginning of July. He will replace Huub Stevens who quit last November to return to former club PSV Eindhoven.

Jol joined Spurs in 2004 – where he took the London club to fifth place in the Premier League in the 2005-06 season – and was sacked last October.

Fourth in the Bundesliga, Hamburg are chasing a Champions League place and have been without a permanent coach since Stevens left in November.

“I have a lot of self-confidence. It hasn’t yet happened that I didn’t manage to do what I wanted,” Jol said, according to the Hamburger Abendblatt.



Emergency numbers fail in several German states

Callers to the emergency numbers 110 and 112 weren’t able to reach operators Thursday morning in several German states.

The 112 emergency number on an ambulance.
The 112 emergency number on an ambulance. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Boris Roessler

The emergency number 110 for police and 112 for fire crews failed around the country early Thursday morning, with callers unable to reach emergency operators for urgent assistance between about 4:30 am and 5:40 am local time.

The Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid is looking into these outages, which were reported in states including Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, and  Brandenburg, and in major cities like Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Cologne was further affected by cuts to electricity, drinking water, and regular telephone services. Lower Saxony also saw disruptions to the internal phone networks of police and hospitals.

Emergency services are not reporting any more disturbances and people should be able to once again reach 110 and 112 around the country as normal.

Investigators are looking into the problem, but haven’t yet established a cause or any consequences that may have happened due to the outage. Provider Deutsche Telekom says they have ruled out the possibility of an attack by hackers.