He had announced it.

“Preferably tomorrow,” said Carsten Schmidt, the managing director of Hertha BSC, on Sunday when he was asked when the club wanted to present the successor to Bruno Labbadia.

Lo and behold, the capital club presented the new coach on Monday afternoon.

It's a well-known one: Pal Dardai.

The 45-year-old, who was head coach from 2015 to 2019, will lead his first practice session on Tuesday.

The interesting thing about the personnel is not only the fact that Hertha BSC relies on a coach they know during the sporting crisis, but that Dardai is not an emergency solution until the end of the season.

On the contrary: Hertha is fully committed to the Dardai card and has given the returnees to the top position with a contract until 2022.

From 2015 to 2019, Pal Dardai was the head coach at Hertha BSC - now he's again

Source: pa / dpa / Andreas Gora

It is therefore clear that Pal Dardai, who last looked after the U16s in Berlin, is an important component in the realignment of the Bundesliga club and not just a temporary solution until the end of the season.

A major external solution is now off the table.

The Hungarian sat on the longer lever.

Hertha needed a quick, serious solution on the one hand, and a signal in the mutinous fan curve on the other.

In the appendix, Dardai is still highly regarded.


"I am very happy that with Pál Dárdai we were able to win the coach for us, who has already proven that he can lead and stabilize a team in a situation that is challenging for Hertha BSC," said Managing Director Schmidt.

“As a die-hard Herthaner, he knows everyone here and doesn't need any time to get used to it.

Pál lives Hertha BSC and we are absolutely convinced that his clear manner will give the team the necessary new impetus. "

"It was definitely not my plan"

“It was definitely not my plan to switch from the U16s to the professional coaching position.

But I don't need to explain to anyone what Hertha BSC means to me.

So there was no question that I would help out in this situation, ”said Dardai.

Hertha had not only parted ways with coach Labbadia on Sunday - one day after the 1: 4 bankruptcy against Werder Bremen - but also with Michael Preetz, the sports director.

Preetz joined the club as a striker in 1996 and took over as manager in 2009.

Sports director Arne Friedrich will take over his duties until the end of the season.

With Dardai, who is supported by former Hertha player Andreas Neuendorf as an assistant coach, Hertha is tackling the new start propagated by Carsten Schmidt on Sunday after the break.

His first competitive game will be at Eintracht Frankfurt at the weekend.

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