Former German national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has shocked the Bundesliga by resigning as head coach of Hertha Berlin just 10 weeks into the job.
Jurgen Klinsmann who is on the board for Hertha Berlin stepped in after the club decided to drop former coach Ante Covic on 27 November 2019 after Hertha Berlin lost 7 out of their first 14 games at the beginning of the season.
Jurgen has experience with great teams such as the German national team whom he led to a third-place finish at 2006, World Cup hosted in Germany, as well as guiding the USA men’s team past the group stages of the 2014 World Cup in Rio.
It was expected that he would lift Hertha Berlin to knew heights has he had challenged himself saying that he could get the team ready for contention within 3 years after he had turned them into a “super club”.
With Hertha currently just trying to fight off relegation sitting at 14th position on the Bundesliga with23 points having lost their last game to Mainz 1-3, it seems that Klinsmann realized that he might not be up to the task.
He went on to say the following as he announced his resignation as manager from the Bundesliga side:
After long consideration, I have decided to give up my position as head coach and return to my original, long-term role on the club board,”
“I am convinced that Hertha will stay up,”
“In a relegation fight, unity, solidarity and concentration on the essentials are the most important things. If they are not guaranteed, I can’t reach my potential and live up to my responsibility as coach.”
Jurgen had formally coached Bayern Munich from July 2008 to April 2009 when his contract was terminated. His tenure as coach at Bayern Munich was described as a “failure” by Bayern team captain Phillip Lahm in his autobiography where he stated that Klinsmann’s lack of direction forced players to meet on their own before the games and strategize themselves.
With Hertha being only his second club appointment in the Bundesliga, it is highly speculated that the reason behind his resignation is that the club were unwilling to confirm him as a permanent coach beyond the summer.
He now returns back to the Hertha Berlin boardroom.