Felix Magath surprisingly takes on Hertha in Berlin. Only at the beginning of the week did the coach save the club from relegation. In an interview he now explains what is going wrong at the capital city club. And his successor has probably also been found.

No help for Magath: After the successful rescue mission at Hertha BSC, Felix Magath steps up against the club and complains about the lack of support. “I happened to meet my predecessor Tayfun Korkut in the hotel underground car park when he had to leave Berlin. We talked briefly,” says the 68-year-old to “kicker”. “Tayfun told me that it was difficult for him because he had no help at all. And I can only say: During the nine weeks I also had the feeling that I had no help.”

Everyone does their own thing in Berlin: He and his coaching staff have gotten the team to the point “that it sticks together,” says Magath. “But in general” he never had the feeling that the club was fighting against relegation: “I felt almost no support anywhere. In Berlin, the mood was more like: paragraph one – everyone does their own thing.”

Bobic as a sufferer: From Magath’s point of view, managing director Fredi Bobic is “one of the sufferers. He has taken on problems that have not just been there since last week. This club has now been close to relegation for the third year in a row. It didn’t come suddenly, it must be a structural problem.”

Sandro Schwarz is to take over: As the “kicker” reported on Thursday evening, the 43-year-old has already reached an agreement with Hertha. The former coach of 1. FSV Mainz 05 is still contesting the Russian Cup final against city rivals Spartak with his current club Dynamo Moscow on Sunday. According to the report, Schwarz will then terminate his contract, which runs until 2024, and return to Germany. There was initially no confirmation from the clubs for the personnel.

Schwarz, who has only looked after 1. FSV Mainz 05 from 2017 to 2019 in the Bundesliga, is to be introduced to the capital club in the coming week. During his Dynamo engagement in Russia, he was named coach of the month several times. In contrast to other German coaches such as Markus Gisdol or Daniel Farke, he stayed in the country even after the start of the war in Ukraine.

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