Selfish allegations against Jürgen Klinsmann, the investor is silent, Ralf Rangnick sees himself forced to clarify: The attacks in the protocols continue to shake Hertha BSC. The Berliners are looking for the necessary concentration for the relegation battle.
Berlin (dpa) - The devastating criticism from the Klinsmann diaries becomes a heavy burden for the relegation battle in Hertha BSC's chaos weeks.
The manager Michael Preetz, who was sharply attacked in the minutes for the former coach Jürgen Klinsmann, almost implored the concentration on the direct duel at Fortuna Düsseldorf. "We want to try to do the balancing act to focus on the difficult away game," said the managing director before the game on Friday evening (8.30 p.m. / DAZN).
But even more than two weeks after the completely surprising resignation of Klinsmann, the Berlin national soccer team is all about the former national coach again. Lothar Matthäus accused his former teammate of selfishness due to the records that had been made public. "He is just how he is. First comes Jürgen, then Jürgen, then again Jürgen and then the rest. He is not looking for guilt with himself, only with the others," said the record international at Sky.
Investor Lars Windhorst, who recently refused to give his former shop steward clear returns to the Hertha Supervisory Board, was silent on Thursday on request. After the bang at the Klinsmann-Aus as a trainer, the donor had demonstratively worked together with Preetz and Hertha President Werner Gegenbauer. In a letter to the members, Gegenbauer now classifies the allegations made in the minutes as "wrong or just nonsensical".
Ralf Rangnick saw at least a clarification. After contacting Klinsmann, Preetz was not the reason why he canceled Hertha last autumn, the ex-Bundesliga coach said. Rangnick had referred to his current contract with RB Leipzig, said Marc Kosicke of "Bild".
"In no way did Ralf say that he excludes engagement because Michael Preetz is the managing director of sport and would therefore be his superior." The protocol published by the "Sport Bild" stated that Rangnick had announced that he would not come with Preetz as his superior. The manager is again looking for a trainer for the coming season.
Not only the billing with Preetz, who is accused in the 22-page paper of "years of catastrophic omissions" and "catastrophic current team planning", as well as the entire club leadership ("no performance culture", "culture of lies") reverberate. The players may also have heard the sometimes harsh judgments about them.
That is why Klinsmann's former assistant Alexander Nouri relies on a defiance. One hopes for "unity and spirit" and "that it unites us a bit more," said the Klinsmann successor. In the 2-1 win at the bottom of SC Paderborn two weeks ago, his team was initially largely unimpressed by the fuss surrounding the Klinsmann exit, but then made a footballing oath of disclosure by beating FC Köln 1.-5.
Even with this disastrous appearance, the mood at Hertha had actually hit rock bottom. Should the next aftershock of the short-term era of Klinsmann now be followed by another sporting crash, the advantage over the current table 16 would be. from Düsseldorf shrunk to just three points. "We definitely want to pull Hertha in from below," Fortuna coach Uwe Rösler emphasized. The new headlines off the pitch at Hertha left Düsseldorf's new coach uncommented - but the Berliners should by no means come to rest.
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