According to "Kicker", Hertha BSC has clarified an important personnel matter. Despite the relegation from the Bundesliga, Pal Dardai remains head coach.
According to a media report, Pal Dardai remains head coach of Hertha BSC and is expected to lead the Berliners back into the Bundesliga. As the "Kicker" reported on Wednesday evening, the decision for Dardai had been made. The 47-year-old returned to the coach's bench in mid-April as the successor to the hapless Sandro Schwarz. Dardai had not been able to prevent relegation to the 2nd division in the remaining six games of the season. Hertha had to leave the Bundesliga for the seventh time as the bottom of the table.
An immediate return to the first division seems difficult at the moment, as major cuts in the squad are necessary due to the financial difficulties. It is also still unclear whether the German Football League will grant the license for the 2nd league at all. The important deadline is 21 June. Until then, Hertha must clarify a repayment of a bond of 40 million euros due in the autumn. If the DFL refuses the license, there is a risk of falling into the fourth-tier regional league.
Dardai had already been in charge of Hertha from 2015 to 2019 and from January to November 2021 and twice saved them in acute relegation distress. After his first leave of absence four years ago, the Berliners had wanted to embark on a new path with investor Lars Windhorst and Jürgen Klinsmann as supervisory board members and short-term coaches, among others, which ultimately led to no success.
Dardai is regarded as an integration figure in the club with high sympathy ratings among the fans. At his presentation in April, he had said that he wanted to return to his heart club in the summer anyway as head of the youth academy. Dpa