Hertha BSC Berlin loses the top game against Werder Bremen With 1: 4. After the defeat against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, the next big bankruptcy for the blue-whites. The way is again inconsistent. Those responsible now have to face the unpleasant questions. How should things go on with trainer Bruno Labbadia and manager Michael Preetz?
There can really only be one answer to that. Both have to go. Bruno Labbadia has proven many times that he is a firefighter. He saved VfB Stuttgart, HSV and VfL Wolfsburg from relegation. He even saved the last two in relegation. A crisis manager without question, but is the former national player also one for a longer period of time?
In Hamburg he was hunted from the court during his first term of office because Europe was missed. In Wolfsburg last season was already over after a year. He had fallen out with Jörg Schmadtke. This image of the eternal savior, who steps in when a club is afraid of relegation, Labbadia now wanted to shed in Berlin. But a look at the statistics shows that he is not suitable for this.
At Hertha he has a points average of 1.11 points per game in 28 games on the sideline up to the 17th matchday. It’s the worst of his career. With such a value one cannot achieve the ideas of Europe that investor Lars Windhorst had promulgated. In the end, the points count. And they are currently only enough for a place shortly before the relegation ranks. The picture headlined shortly after the bankruptcy against Bremen that the Labbadia-Aus was decided.
Manager Michael Preetz has to take responsibility for the sporting downturn just like the trainer. For 12 years now he has been in office as Managing Director Sport and Communication. Played for the capital city dwellers himself for seven years. Perhaps he knows the club like no one else and has become internally invulnerable, but Jürgen Klinsmann’s revelations have shown why that is. Preetz does his job badly and surrounds himself with his loyal employees.
The Klinsmann chapter is a story in itself. Still, you can take a lot out of it. Because it shows how well Michael Preetz functions as a crisis manager. He can’t get along with this role at all. During his tenure there were two direct relegations and Hertha was in the danger zone four times. A cruel record.
What is more, the lack of hands on the part of players and coaches. A total of seven different trainers have been able to try out their skills in Berlin since he took office. None of them went to the end of the contract. He also failed to a large extent with player transfers. Under his leadership, the Berlin company has so far generated a loss of 92.36 million euros. where expensive players like Lukebakio don’t ignite properly and the team doesn’t seem to be composed homogeneously. Record newcomer Tousart has not really arrived. There doesn’t seem to be a real unit on the field. Preetz is responsible for the squad planning and has clearly failed.
The fans are understandably losing patience with the old lady. Even before the Bundesliga game against Werder Bremen, several supporters gathered in front of the stadium. Your clear demand: Away with Preetz, out with Labbadia. And who can blame them? The current situation is precarious and must be resolved as soon as possible.
The first step would be for Michael Preetz to step down. The days of Labbadia in Berlin are probably numbered. Now the complete change has to be achieved. First of all, so that Hertha stays in the Bundesliga and then is not eaten up by its own goals. Lars Windhorst’s entry and the money were a great opportunity for Berliners. But so far those responsible have made nothing of it.