There is a separate website about Fredi Bobic, the address bears his name.

There he is still listed as manager of Eintracht Frankfurt, so it is no longer up to date.

Perhaps the operators just want to consciously wallow in the past, since it was so much rosier than the dreary present.

The symbiosis between Eintracht Frankfurt and Fredi Bobic will always be remembered as a successful one.

So far, this cannot be said about the cooperation between Bobic and his new employer Hertha BSC.

Hertha needs a point

The sports director has been in office for almost a year and on Saturday (3.30 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga and on Sky) his club is facing nothing less than the greatest sporting challenge in recent history.

Hertha has to prevent second-placed Borussia Dortmund from being relegated to the second division.

The Berliners need a point to be sure.

If they lose, they have to hope that VfB Stuttgart won't win against Cologne.

Otherwise Hertha would fall back on the relegation place.

Untapped Opportunities

"Our situation has put itself into perspective, it's not that comfortable anymore," says coach Felix Magath.

That's putting it mildly given the many opportunities to stay in the class that Hertha missed.

The team in Bielefeld could have made everything clear two weeks ago.

Shortly before the end, Maximilian Mittelstädt and Luca Wollschläger ran alone towards the Bielefeld goal.

But instead of 2:0 it was 1:1 a little later, Hertha not only carelessly frittered away a great scoring opportunity, but also the opportunity to save themselves.

In the last home game against Mainz (1:2) only a draw would have been enough, but that didn't work either.

Now the Berliners are exposed to maximum pressure and with them Bobic.

His arrival was supposed to prevent what then happened: another year of relegation battle.

In the past two seasons, Hertha had struggled to stay in the class.

And that despite the large amount of money that investor Lars Windhorst had made available to the club.

It was 375 million euros.

There is nothing left of the spirit of optimism that Bobic had sparked.

In addition to the sporting misery, the club continues to wear itself down in trench warfare.

Investor Windhorst openly calls for the overthrow of President Werner Gegenbauer at the general meeting on May 29, the first motions to vote out have been submitted.

Quarrels that Bobic now has to moderate before the important game in Dortmund.

When asked if the arguments were disrupting the team's preparations, he replied: "Not at all.

The boys focus on the match day.

What we discuss behind the scenes should stay there for the time being.” There is more wish than truth in the formulation.

Many of those involved at Hertha are not always so precise about secrecy.

"It's almost normal that there are always rumours, especially in such phases and with us throughout the whole year," says Bobic annoyed.

Bobic let down by feeling

He was always critical.

At the club, at the team and at the expectations in the environment.

But it is far from the case that his actions are only judged benevolently.

On the contrary.

The question of what part Bobic has in the situation is becoming more and more important in view of the threat of relegation.

Most of his personnel decisions did not work out and made a decisive contribution to Hertha fighting for sporting survival.

Bobic, who is considered a gut person, has been let down by his feelings all too often.

It was he who drove the separation of key players such as Matheus Cunha, Jhon Córdoba and Dodi Lukebakio over the summer.

None of the players he subsequently signed came even close to the performance level of the trio.

His open power struggle with coach Pal Dardai was in no way conducive and the choice of Tayfun Korkut as his successor turned out to be completely wrong.

Under Korkut, the team slipped deeper into the relegation battle with each weekend.

The trainer was perceived by the public as a confidante of Bobic.

That fit into the image of many critics, since the manager had already brought a large staff from Frankfurt with him when he took office.

As the need grew, Bobic brought in coach Felix Magath, who hadn't held that position in the Bundesliga for ten years.

Magath's reputation as a rescuer preceded him, and he had proven his skills in this area several times.

Whether Magath succeeds in this feat again in Berlin will also be of considerable importance for Bobic's further work.

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