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Klinsmann Quits Hertha After 10 Weeks in Charge

Klinsmann Quits Hertha After 10 Weeks in Charge Photo: TT
Hertha Berlin coach Juergen Klinsmann during the press conference

German legend Jurgen Klinsmann has resigned as Hertha Berlin manager via Facebook barely three months into the job.

The 55-year-old former Germany international had taken over at Hertha Berlin in November, replacing Ante Covic and helping the club move away from the drop zone although with safety far from assured.

Hertha won three of the 10 games under Klinsmann, currently sitting 14th on the Bundesliga table, six points above the drop zone.

Klinsmann remarkably made the announcement in a statement on his Facebook page, citing a lack of trust.

“I would like to say a big thank you to all players, fans, spectators, staff and employees of Hertha Berlin for the support, the many meetings and the talks over the past ten weeks,” Klinsmann said.

“It was an incredibly exciting time for me with many new interesting insights. The club and the city have grown on me even more.”

The former Germany and USA boss will stay on at Hertha in a supervisory role and is confident they’ll survive relegation.

He added: “I am more than convinced that Hertha will reach its goal to stay up but for this job, which is not done yet, as the head coach I need the trust of the acting persons.

“Especially in a relegation battle unity, team spirit and focus on the basics are the most important elements. If they are not guaranteed, I can’t live up to my potential as a head coach and fulfil my responsibility.

“That’s why, after long consideration, I have come to the conclusion that I will leave my post as the Hertha Berlin head coach and return to my initial long-term task as a member of the supervisory board.”

Hertha were knocked out of the German DFB Pokal last week and have won once in their past six matches in all competitions.

Ben somerford
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