Berlin – For several years, Pál Dárdai sat at Hertha BSC’s press conferences – before and after games, as well as on all other occasions. On Monday (1/7/19), the Hungarian was no longer alongside sporting director Michael Preetz and press speaker Marcus Jung. Ante Čović was in his place, having taken over as the new coach of Hertha BSC. The 43-year-old is a familiar face to many Herthaner, having played for the club and also coached the U23s since November 2013. The Berlin-born man previously worked in Hertha’s youth academy and was an assistant coach on an interim basis for the first team too.
Now he has finally become a Bundesliga coach. “I’m really looking forward to the task ahead and I’m thankful that the club has given me this chance after all these years. This will be my tenth year as coach, so it’s exactly the right time for me to make the next step in my managerial career,” said Čović, who will lead his first training session today. “Ante is a true Herthaner, who knows the club like the back of his hand and has a true connection to it. He has done an excellent job with our youth sides in the last few years, and now the time has come for him to move up to the first team,” explained Preetz.