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Felix Magath sees major deficits at Hertha BSC. “The club has to be completely overhauled,” said the coach of the Berlin Bundesliga team on Wednesday at an event organized by the Berliner Verlag.
Magath himself hopes to do his part, at least in sporting terms, and prevent relegation to the second division. With a draw or a win at Borussia Dortmund on the last day of the season (Saturday, 3.30 p.m.) this goal would be achieved – and Magath’s mission would be over. “I feel very comfortable in Berlin. But it is clearly discussed that it is only about this season. Hopefully this job will be finished on Saturday,” said the 68-year-old, who has been in office since mid-March.
Magath has stated several times that the task at Hertha is the most complicated of his entire coaching career. “This team wasn’t a team,” said Hertha’s coach. “We have two or three very good foreign players in the squad, but they haven’t put down roots in Berlin yet. Then we have two or three good German players who are happy to be here, but still need to improve in quality.”
The turnaround would not have been possible without Kevin-Prince Boateng, 35 years old and more likely to be found on the bench than on the pitch under Magath’s predecessors Pal Dardai and Tayfun Korkut. “He’s the only one who is accepted by everyone,” said Magath. “With his presence, he helped make the team a unit.”
That’s it in Augsburg. Hertha BSC has secured a brilliant starting position for reaching the final of the German U-19 championship. With two goals from Tony Rölke and another goal from Anton Kade, coach Michael Hartmann’s team deservedly won 3-1 and inflicted the first defeat on Augsburg’s U19s since February.
The second leg will take place on Saturday next week in the amateur stadium. In the final, the Berliners would also have home rights. FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund determine the opponent.
Now it’s official: Michael Hartmann, previously U-19 coach at Hertha BSC, is moving to FC Bayern Munich as expected. It has long been known that the 47-year-old will leave Hertha at the end of the season. Now it has also been confirmed that the German record champions will be his new employer. Corresponding rumors have been around for a long time. Hartmann takes over the U17s at Munich.
“I still know Michael as a player from my time in Berlin and I really appreciate him as a person and his work as a coach,” says Bayern’s campus manager Jochen Sauer. Hartmann, a former international, has been with Hertha BSC’s youth team since 2013 and won this time with the U 19 of the Berlin the German championship title – as before with Hansa Rostock.