Hertha Berlin have appointed former Wolfsburg and Fulham manager Felix Magath as head coach in hopes of keeping the capital club in the Bundesliga. The 68-year-old who has been out of work for four years will be the head coach until the end of the season. Hertha have not won any of their last 10 Bundesligagames, drawing two and losing eight. They sit in 17th place on the log, dangerously steeped in a relegation battle. Magath has been entrusted to help the team beat the drop.
Director of football Fredi Bobic said, “Felix Magath’s resume speaks for himself. We have been able to find a coach who has proven many times that he has the experience needed in order to make the necessary changes to help us out of the challenging situation we find ourselves in,”
At his unveiling, Felix Magath said, “We all need to work together to get out of this difficult situation. It’s not about myself or Fredi, only Hertha BSC. Achieving our goal will only happen when we are fully concentrated on the task and focus on the essentials.”
“I’ve done nothing but football for my whole life, I love this game,” said the 68-year-old. “I think I’ve proved before that I can adapt to different situations and there’s something here which suits me. I want to keep Hertha in the league”
“From the start, we only talked about these final eight Bundesliga games and keeping the club up. I’m not looking at anything else. I’ll put everything into ending this winless run and staying in the division.”
He also spoke about his famous extreme discipline approach, “Discipline belongs to sport, especially team sports. I have learned that over the years and I’ll be asking for that from my players here at Hertha. I don’t do it for myself, the players have to understand it.”