Jurgen Klinsmann is returning to the sidelines.
Klinsmann takes over a struggling team which find themselves at the wrong end of the Bundesliga table, sitting in 15th place – just one slot out of the relegation zone – with only three wins and 11 points from their first 12 league matches of the season.
.@dw_sports: Should fans be concerned you have limited club coaching experience?— Ed McCambridge (@edmccambridge) November 27, 2019
"Coaching international football is different from coaching a club, but both require commitment. My job is to get this club back up the table. If I can do that, the fans won't mind at all."#Hertha pic.twitter.com/8sN8mjYU1P
“It's a wonderful feeling, an honor, to be allowed to offer my help to the club,” said Klinsmann at his introductory press conference. “It's a team with huge potential but one which has been moving in the wrong direction lately.”
Klinsmann and his family hold multiple ties to Hertha, who are currently captained by Bosnian-American striker Vedad Ibisevic. Jurgen’s late father Sigfried grew up nearby and supported the club, while his son Jonathan, a US youth international goalkeeper who grew up in California, began his pro career at Hertha before moving on to Swiss side FC St. Gallen earlier this year.
Jurgen also has a relationship with Hertha part-owner Lars Windhorst and was named to the club’s supervisory board earlier this month.