Three years after being fired as U.S. men's national team coach,
Jurgen Klinsmann has returned to coaching at struggling Hertha Berlin.
He replaced Ante Covic three days after Hertha lost to Augsburg, 4-0, and will serve as the head coach until the end of the season. The move comes three weeks after he was appointed to the Hertha board. At the time, he said it was a club he was emotionally invested in.
"My father was a proud Hertha supporter and my son Jonathan played here for two years," he said after being named head coach. "It's the only club I'm actually a member of. Some things in football happen overnight, but that can't be said for my relationship to Hertha. I was asked whether I would help the club stabilize their season. It's an honor to take on such an exciting challenge and I'm incredibly motivated to do so. When I step into a role like this, I give 100 per cent."
Klinsmann's new staff includes assistants Alexander Nouri and Markus Feldhoff and former Hertha and Chicago Fire defender Arne Friedrich in the role of performance manager. Former Germany goalkeeper Andreas Koepke will serve as the interim goalkeeping coach on leave from the same role with the German national team.
"I've brought in new members of the staff who are incredibly well prepared," Klinsmann said. "They're full of energy and expertise, and champing at the bit to get started. The team needs to play better in the next few weeks. The most important thing now is to pick up points and move up the table. And when we're safely in mid-table, we need to keep looking up. That's what we'll be judged on."
In Klinsmann's first coaching job, he led host Germany to third at the 2006 World Cup. He led the USA to the 2013 Gold Cup title and first in the 2013 Hexagonal and to the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup. But he was fired after the USA opened the final round of 2018 World Cup qualifying with a pair of losses.
Klinsmann's only previous job as a club head coach was at Bayern Munich in 2008-09. He was fired with five games left in the Bundesliga season.
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