Bruno Labbadia, who saved the Hertha Berlin series, was allowed to leave and so did the sports director, who ran into € 100 million in transfers last season.
German Hertha Berlin, who fought against the relegation at the tail end of the Bundesliga, was fired as well as the coach Bruno Labbadia that leader Michael Preetzille after Hertha Berlin had lost at home to Werder Bremen with goals 1-4.
After Saturday’s loss, Hertha had only a two-point difference to the drop zone behind him in the league table. The CEO of the club Carsten Schmidt described the situation as “very dangerous”.
“After a long period of deliberation, we feel that a change of coach can give the team a fresh start,” Schmidt explained in the press release.
Labbadia, 54, got Hertha’s head coaching position in April 2020 and managed to maintain the club’s place in the main series, but earlier this year the team has only scored one point out of four matches. Labbadia was Hertha’s fourth head coach in the 2019–2020 season.
Of the nine matches, he coached four wins, one draw and four losses last season, with Hertha eventually finishing tenth. This season, Hertha has collected only 15 points out of 51 points available in his coaching.
Labbadian replaces the temporary head coach Pal Dardai, who was responsible for the representative team in 2015–2019 before being transferred to the club’s junior academy.
Schmidt said Hertha will appoint a permanent head coach in the coming days.
Preetz, 53, was allowed to leave the club after serving Hertha for 25 years, first as a player and later as a sports director from 2009.
He was fired for not being able to develop a representative team despite spending nearly € 100 million on player transfers last season. The transfer roulette was funded by a wealthy supporter of the club Lars Windhorst.
One of the leaders of the club Arne Friedrich take over Preetz’s duties until the end of the season.
Hertha will have a tough schedule in the near future, with Bayern Munich, number one in the league, and RB Leipzig, second, both visiting the Berlin Olympic Stadium in February.
Sources: AFP, Bundesliga.com.