‘Set the club on fire’ – attack on Hertha investor
Even after staying up late, Hertha BSC is restless. On the contrary: outgoing President Gegenbauer attacked investor Windhurst sharply. It’s all about strength and vanity – even coach Magath, who once again leaves Hertha, finds the words plain.
HIt was only a matter of time before he responded back and forth verbally. Now that Hertha BSC can hold their own and continue to play in the first division of German football, Werner Gegenbauer saw the right moment for the counter-attack.
After his resignation as president of the Bundesliga club, he made serious allegations against million-dollar investor Lars Windhurst. “In the past few weeks, in the midst of the relegation battle, he has set the club on fire. Windhurst is responsible for the division that has destabilized the club and all divisions. It will be my successor’s job to reverse that division,” Gegenbauer told Tagesspiegel newspaper.
Magath Hirta advises making big changes
Gegenbauer, 71, announced on Tuesday – a day after the 2-0 (1-0) second leg match against Hamburg SV – that he would be stepping down after 14 years at the top of the club and so the general meeting of the humiliating voters was also likely to be on Tuesday. Sunday (11 a.m.) Advance. Windhurst, among others, called for Gegenbauer’s downfall in March and accused the businessman of burning his €375 million investment in Hertha.
Gegenbauer has now accused Windhorst of promoting mood. “It’s tempting to put in more money when the club gets a new leadership,” he said. Gegenbauer confirmed to BILD that he and outgoing chief financial officer Ingo Schiller stood in the 45-year-old’s way in order to gain more influence over the Bundesliga club’s operating business. At the same time, he did not always meet his payment obligations on time, which “caused a huge disruption in the licensing player department,” said Gegenbauer, who dismissed the accusation of cheating: “In short: everything went right. Those are the facts.”
Windhurst himself dismissed the serious allegations on Wednesday morning. Hertha BSC sponsor wants to avoid open escalation of the dispute shortly before the lead public meeting, where it wants to speak to members.
“We see with respect that Werner Gegenbauer has paved the way for a new beginning. The very personal and baseless attacks against Lars Windhorst have nothing to do with a fresh start. Launching is not our style,” said Andreas Fritzenkotter, a Windhurst spokesperson. According to Windhurst, he has no ambitions of his own. for the position of President, which is due to be filled at another general meeting in a good four weeks.
Despite the harsh words, Gegenbauer also called the deal with Windhorst the best decision of his tenure. “I would like you to do it again. First, because Hertha BSC desperately needed this money for a change as a club and company. Without this money we would be worse off. And second, because I believe in the benefits of investing,” said Gegenbauer. In the future, cooperation will be “more calm and harmonious.”
It remains to be seen who will be the president in the future. It also remains unclear who will take the coaching position at Hertha BSC. Sandro Schwartz and Adi Hütter are considered candidates.
Felix Magath, who was brought in by Hertha manager Freddy Bobic about nine weeks ago to succeed Typhoon Korkut and is now leaving the club, is recommending urgent changes to the Berliners. “It wasn’t the first bad season,” the 68-year-old told BILD, but rather the third in a row. This should be the point where you are willing to change a lot, maybe everything.”