Jurgen Klinsmann quits Hertha Berlin
Former German Coach and Player Jurgen Klinsmann has quit his role as manager of Hertha Berlin after just eleven weeks in charge.
This comes after Klinsmann said, “I took over a suicide mission.”
The former Bayern Munich, Germany and U.S. men’s national team coach confirmed his exit in a statement posted on his Facebook page and said he will remain at the club in a supervisory role.
“I took over a suicide mission,” Klinsmann told Bild. “Only in one match, we did not get what I hoped for. The coaching staff managed to stabilize the team and get it away from the relegation ranks.
“From my understanding, a coach should have the full sporting responsibility, just like the English model. And, thus, also over transfers. This gives the position more power. The last few weeks cost too much energy spent on side issues. If I am responsible for the team as a coach, I want to put all my energy into working with the squad.
Some of the players within the club have tweeted and posted on several social media pages expressing their disappointment about his exit.
“We were all in the meeting room and the players thought it was the meeting after the game against Mainz, but instead he said he won’t be our coach anymore,” midfielder Marko Grujic, on loan from Liverpool, told reporters.
“Strange news this morning. We are all a little bit confused. After the match, we received the information that we won’t train for two days to clear our heads. Because it was far from good on Saturday.”
“It’s a great shock,” defender Dedryck Boyata added
Assistant coach Nouri will take charge of the club on an interim basis.
Klinsmann, 55, was appointed by Hertha on Nov. 26, 2019, and won just three of his 10 matches in charge, losing four and drawing three.Hertha are 14th in the Bundesliga, six points off the relegation places.