No “keep it up” at Hertha BSC
Tuesday 05/24/22 | 8:04 PM | to
After staying up late, Herta looks to the future. Although his mistakes have also been the cause of a disastrous season, sporting director Freddy Bobic is the single biggest, steadfast hope for the next turmoil. Written by Till Opperman
Freddy Bubeck has recognized the signs of the times. “This relegation should have shown everyone that it was the last chance,” Hertha BSC’s sporting director said the day after the relegation with a serious expression on tour. In the last 36 games, Hertha’s players have finally come together as a team and saved a bad season in the Bundesliga.
Another sentence of Bobbik sounds more serious: “It was a very nice evening from which we can take a lot of positive things.” Because Hertha BSC faces the coming upheaval and one thing is certain that nothing can stay the same.
Herta must reinvent herself
First, Felix Magath announced his departure. Hertha will leave with his assistants Werner Leuthard and Mark Furingham. No problem for Bobic: “He was our savior, not the project.” Two other goodbyes have far greater implications for the Herta Future project. The morning after the win in Hamburg, Hertha announced that longtime financial director Ingo Schiller would be leaving the club. This followed the next hammer in the evening: After 14 years as president of Hertha BSC, Werner Gegenbauer announced his retirement. Many players can follow, as Bobic says: “No one is unsellable.” Herta must reinvent herself again.
Three mistakes must be avoided
For the unrest this summer to succeed, it is important to avoid three mistakes that have been fatal to Hertha in recent years. First, the coaches were never signed because of their soccer idea. Secondly, transfers have rarely been coordinated with the aforementioned coaches. And thirdly, it was almost not possible to work quietly because every week new chaos plagued the club.
“I didn’t expect the depth of the problems,” Bobic groaned on Tuesday. To ensure that this does not continue, the assembly should meet in the coming weeks and months.
At least the solidarity with the enthusiastic fans in Hamburg worked out at the latest. Investor Lars Windhorst appears to have won the internal power struggle against CFO Schiller and outgoing President Gegenbauer. Even if Gegenbauer stresses that it is never about personal disagreements between himself and the lender, but only about the inconsistencies between Hertha BSC and Windhorst’s Tennor subsidiary.
One way or another: Windhorst’s egos should not play a role at this point. Because no matter who gets to head the executive committee in the future — the investor, the president, and the sport’s leadership must come together. “In the end, Hertha BSC is the most important thing,” Bobic said. This truism has often been lost among many egos since Windhorst has invested millions.
While Magath unabashedly praised Kevin-Prince Boateng for the successful line-up after the win in Hamburg, Bobic spoke less selflessly. When asked about his move, which was not only a good figure on the tactics board but also on the pitch, Bobic praised himself: “I said it already in the summer. It’s going to be a factor at some point.”
“Sometime” looked a little different when the veteran was introduced last summer. Kevin-Prince Boateng, as quoted by Bobic when announcing the move, does not need a long period of adjustment. In the end, it took 36 games before the 35-year-old was able to assist at close range for the first time.
Boateng isn’t the only manager’s decision that has raised eyebrows throughout the season. His transfers didn’t work, both the sacking of Pal Dardai and the involvement of Tayfun Korkut didn’t work and there was a roar in the office as Bobic brought in several new employees with him.
Herta will still trust him. Because Freddy Bobic will be the only club constant this summer.
Transfers match the idea of the game
On Tuesday, Bobic promised that he would at least have the support of a new coach in the next few days. Bobic anticipates the idea of an aggressive and offensive game from him: “In the past we were very passive, we want a more energetic team that plays higher and presses.”
That sounds good at first, but his summer transfers have to be measured against that phrase. Because when Bobic says: “In Hamburg there were six new players on the field and we pushed,” he did not say so with Santiago Esquibar and Lucas Tosart, two players took on the most important work that his predecessor Michael Pritz led to Berlin. Especially since they are both among the highest earners at Hertha and Bobic declaring at the same time: “We have to get our personnel costs under control.”
Herta competes with herself
In addition, Herta is far behind in terms of transfers. While the league’s rivals had been able to plan for the first division for weeks, Herta couldn’t. At least the team surrounding team planner Dirk Dufner has been working on a plan in case of relegation for the past few weeks.
The former Bundesliga side, which had to be relegated, proved that a late start to transfer activities is not necessarily a flaw: after 1. FC Köln, under new coach Stephen Baumgart, relied on demanding football, the club recently reached the Conference League.
Freddy Bubeck noticed this closely. However, there will be no European dreams from Hertha’s office. “We wanted to compete with those at the top, but that didn’t quite work out,” jokes Bobek. For now, Hertha BSC is mainly competing with its mistakes from the past.
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