zNo games. “I’m really looking forward to it,” Jürgen Klinsmann initially said. It was at the end of November 2019. Hertha FC, hailed by its followers as the “Big City Club”, was described by its followers as “the most exciting football project” in Europe.
Ten weeks later. I didn’t feel like it anymore, that was Klinsmann’s content. Suddenly gave up. Via Facebook, that’s it, that’s it. The team was surprised, and the club’s management was energized. Only the club’s investor Lars Windhorst, who accompanied Klinsmann’s move from the club’s supervisory board to the training bench in Berlin, knew of this.
Then the great crash. Klinsmann’s lectures became public. SportBuild has received Klinsmann’s reports from investor Herta Windhurst. In it, he relentlessly settled accounts with everything and everyone in Hertha. Club management, players, structures, doctors, supervisors – everything has been vetted, ranked and given perspective. or not. The bottom line is that the picture was painted for a club where there was a lot going on in the boardrooms as well as on and off the field.
Klinsmann has now commented in detail on those days. At that time he was supposed to help with the “Berlin Adventure”. It was, as he described it, short-term thinking and keeping Hertha out of the relegation zone. After ten weeks and nine games, then the blast. his resignation. Klinsmann said on the DFB podcast “More than a game” that he “had to learn a lot of things,” which he felt was “not very good. It didn’t work out.” In his opinion, the club was stable again at the time, a distance Six points from the drop zone, and thus, according to Klinsmann, “it ended up in horror rather than endless horror.”
HERTA protocols with great echo
But then the shock came again. Consider publishing his secret protocols. Klinsmann says he wrote a business report that was intended for Windhorst and Company. The Hertha financier, who has pumped a total of 375 million euros into the club over the past three years, asked him to do so.
Klinsmann said of his resignation via Facebook: “Looking back, I had to convey it differently. I’m a man, I’m so emotional, when practically the camel’s back overflows, that’s it. Then I certainly didn’t think about certain things in a way that could provoke like Such a massive response as in the situation.”
But the biggest echo came from the minutes. Part of the history of the Bundesliga was written with her. Summed up in 22 pages, The 76 Days of Hertha BSC is a treatise that can also be used as an arithmetic and doesn’t really put many things in Hertha in a good light.
Read Klinsmann’s full minutes here
“Of course it pains me a lot that the memoir, and this working report, ended up going public. This was an internal report that wasn’t intended for the media at all. But it was honest,” says Klinsmann.
He knows how this print got to the public: “But it doesn’t change the fact that she was in SPORT BILD. In hindsight: All there was, because it was an honest work report, it was true. I have no bad conscience about it. I was sorry that it was Then he posted it over a period of weeks and months because it had never happened like this.”
Klinsmann says that football is always “a reflection of personal relationships. Do you agree or not? In Berlin, it soon became clear to me that I was with the people who lead the club.” (At the time director Michael Peretz and president Werner Gegenbauer, editor-in-chief)can not handle. Hence this decision. I will definitely respond differently in such a difficult situation in the future. In fact, what I did there was the right thing to do.”
Now the general meeting is coming
This Sunday, Hertha’s future will become clearer at the plenary meeting in Exhibition Hall 20 under the Berlin Radio Tower.
With controversial club president Werner Gegenbauer resigning after just a day remaining in relegation against Hamburg SV, the prospects for a rebellion have diminished somewhat. A huge attraction figure for fans is no longer playing a role. But the agenda is explosive. The proposals were put to a vote of interim President Thorsten Mansky and the entire Executive Committee. Fans’ discontent with the economic downturn could erupt rather than the big city’s dreams of weakening the Hertha establishment.
Managing Director Freddy Bobek has already referred to everyone’s “duty of care” for the club. When planning, he needs reliable communications immediately and there is no dead end until the presidential election in a few weeks.
So far, only the former and current entrepreneur, Kay Bernstein, has been self-proclaimed. He wants to be the head of the fan base. He started his campaign with great skill. He does not polarize, he wants to engage everyone. However, he is thus provoking the establishment around Mansky and also the chairman of the supervisory board, Torsten Jörn Klein, who would be the logical successor to Gegenbauer in terms of the club’s hierarchy. But Bernstein expects another candidate. And from the camp of the investor Windhorst, who will not compete with himself, but can put a follower.
Windhorst speaks to members for the first time
Windhurst’s speech is a highlight of the agenda. The controversial financier speaks to fans for the first time – and the reactions will be indicative of the role that the Hertha members will relinquish to him in the future. The 45-year-old must be skilled in seeking to influence business. He should not alienate his loyal followers. He must present himself as one of you. He lost the 375 million euros he currently owns. Windhorst needs athletic recovery in order to anticipate long-term returns.
Apparently, Bobek has already clarified an important personal matter. The fact that Sandro Schwartz will be Hertha’s new coach is a done deal. An announcement is expected at the beginning of the week at the latest once the club’s committees approve. Prior to that, the 43-year-old will play in the Russian Cup final with Dynamo Moscow against Spartak Moscow on Sunday. His survival in Russia despite the attack on Ukraine should have been an issue for Schwartz, at least initially in Berlin. Critical questions confirmed. Herta won’t be resting anytime soon.