Berlin – When the club President, the Sporting Director and the primary investor join together for a press conference, there are important topics to discuss, bringing a lot of interest from the media along with it. That was the case on Thursday morning, as Werner Gegenbauer, Michael Preetz and Lars Windhorst took their seats in the packed-out press room to discuss the future of Hertha BSC, the investments of TENNOR, the recent departure of former head coach Jürgen Klinsmann and personnel decisions going forward. “The recent development wasn’t just surprising to me as a representative of the club. Jürgen Klinsmann hasn’t just left Hertha BSC, but the entire project as a whole,” President Gegenbauer told the journalists.
No return to the supervisory board of the KGaA for Klinsmann
Lars Windhorst also had important news of his own to announce. The primary investor of the capital club reacted to the events of the past few days, and confirmed that he will not be reinstating Klinsmann to his previous position on the supervisory board. “I still believe that it was the right decision to hire Jürgen Klinsmann. We noticed how much weight his name holds,” explained Windhorst. “The manner in which he went about his departure unfortunately means a continued working relationship is no longer conceivable.” The 43-year-old emphasised the importance of a trusting and transparent cooperation at Hertha BSC. “We are forward-thinking and are devoting all of our efforts towards the stabilisation and development of Hertha BSC,” said Windhorst. “It’s not about shoehorning our way into achieving short term success; we are building a long term project here. A mutual understanding and clearly set objectives are crucial, and we have both!”
Complete confidence in the coaching staff
Michael Preetz stated that he had “never experienced” a situation like Tuesday morning before. “Unfortunately we weren’t given any time to react.” The Sporting Director also confirmed that the ‘Alte Dame’ will remain with the current coaching staff for the time being, and showed strong support for Alexander Nouri and Markus Feldhoff. “They both deserve our full support; we’re certain that, together, we will pick up the necessary points. We are now fully focused on the crucial game in Paderborn!”