sAfter Monday’s successful touchdown, there was bad news for Hertha Berlin in the weekend leading up to the summer break. Juniors lost the final to Borussia Dortmund 1:2 (1:1) despite being in the lead. The Berlin U19 team lost its second victory after 2018.
There are currently several allegations that are being faced by those in charge of the club. The fact that they were all absent at the height of the season in their youth division, although the final took place on the Olympic venues in the capital, cannot extend the indictment for another class. Senior management actually had more important things to do. The eagerly awaited public meeting took place in Gallery 20 on Sunday.
For Hertha, he had a leading figure six days after landing. The repeated request to have the management team scrapped could have caused the club to struggle in the middle of the next transfer window. However, it didn’t quite get that far. Of the 2,628 voting members who had to vote on each member of the Presidency, there was broad agreement about the officials’ poor work. However, the necessary three-quarters majority was not achieved.
Interim President Thorsten Mansky resigned despite the failure of the vote of no confidence. Although members voted by only 64.2 percent to nullify his election, after the announcement, Mansky took the consequences of the poor result and resigned. The vice-chairman took over the club only on Tuesday after president Werner Gegenbauer resigned. On the other hand, the other five directors, Fabian Drescher, Anne Gingermann, Bear Mock Storm, Ingmar Bering and Norbert Sauer, who fared significantly better, remained in their positions.
Robert Schaeffer is the frontrunner for the top position
Before the meeting began at 11 a.m., some fans also voiced their protest against million-dollar investor Lars Windhurst. In front of the Berlin Exhibition Hall, they put up a huge sign that read “Windhorst out!”. Also in the hall, there were strong expressions of discontent against Windhorst and against Gegenbauer, who had been praised by Mansky and who was not present after his resignation.
Many in attendance criticized the presidency for its sporting decline in recent years and complained of widespread mismanagement. “We are the most embarrassing club in all of Germany,” said one member. Windhurst recently had a public argument with Gegenbauer in particular and spoke in favor of the club president being voted to sack his position because he considered his €375m investment burnt.
Gegenbauer’s successor, who has held the position for 14 years, is due to be elected at an extraordinary general meeting on June 26, but other personal details are already beginning to emerge. Torsten-Jörn Klein, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, confirmed that he would not stand in the way of appointing Robert Schaefer as the new head of management.
When a member was asked if he supported the appointment of the 46-year-old, Klein answered “yes” – and booed from the plenum. The employee, who has worked in Hanover and Dusseldorf in the past, is said to be a candidate for the position that has been vacant since Carsten Schmidt’s resignation last year.
Scheffer was already an applicant before Schmidt was appointed, who again left Berlin for private reasons. Nowadays, Freddy Bubeck (Sports) and Ingo Schiller (Finance) are both part of the management. However, Schiller will step down from his position in October.
Bobic has prepared the members for tougher times, but he wants to fight for recovery. “I have the strength, the will and the positivity to say, this club can do more,” the managing director said in an enthusiastic speech. “The work will be much more difficult,” said the 50-year-old.
Bobic admitted he was “guilty” of bad standing with only the rescue in the German Bundesliga for relegation. But: “It was never my goal to play in the relegation zone.” Bobic once again announced that he will have to run surpluses again in the next transfer window. So it’s important that he can work with a functioning presidency after Sunday’s failed vote of no confidence.
It’s not all “peace, joy, pies,” said Bubeck, under his guidance. However, it encourages constructive cooperation. He said of himself and his job as general manager, “If we don’t make it, we’re going to tear ourselves up. Then another idiot will stand here and tell you something.”
The protests before the Windhurst speech were noisy. Only after a call for an order against a group of young Hertha members could the 45-year-old begin his speech. “I want Hertha BSC to be a huge success,” he said to the applause of the majority of the members.
Addressing his critics, Windhurst ruled out withdrawal. “Windhurst is out, not working,” he said. The 375 million euros in shares “are fully paid up and will also be mine for the next 10-20 years,” Windhurst said. In a secondary clause, announce other possible payments.