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Hertha hires Schwarz as coach after escaping Bundliga drop

2022-06-15 12:46上一篇 |下一篇:没有了

Hertha hires Schwarz as coach after escaping Bundesliga drop

Hertha fans during the Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC and FSV Mainz at Olympiastadion, Berlin, Saturday May 7, 2022. (Soeren Stache/dpa via AP)

Hertha fans during the Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC and FSV Mainz at Olympiastadion, Berlin, Saturday May 7, 2022. (Soeren Stache/dpa via AP)

BERLIN (AP) Hertha Berlin hired Sandro Schwarz on Thursday as its coach after the Bundesliga club narrowly escaped relegation.

Schwarz is the latest in a string of coaches tasked with bridging the gulf betweenHerthas grand ambitionsof establishing itself as a major European club and its years of underachievement on the field.

But first he faces the challenge of restoring some confidence at the club and ending what seems to be a permanent state of crisis.

Despite the backing of wealthy investor Lars Windhorst, Hertha finished 16th in the 18-team Bundesliga and only escaped the drop this time around bybeating second-tier Hamburger SV2-1 on aggregate in a two-leg playoff under veteran coach Felix Magath, who was hired to avoid relegation. Meanwhile, cross-city rival Union Berlin placed fifth with one of the leagues smallest budgets.

With his personality and his positive and forward-thinking style of football, Sandro can create a connection between what happens out on the pitch and the club culture. That is what we need at Hertha BSC, the clubs managing director for sport Fredi Bobic said in a statement.

Schwarzs new contract runs to 2024. He arrives after coaching Russian club Dynamo Moscow, where he stayed after Russias invasion of Ukraine, even as fellow German coach Markus Gisdolleft Lokomotiv Moscowin protest and compatriot Daniel Farke quit FC Krasnodar.

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Schwarz took Dynamo to third in the Russian league and runner-up in the Russian Cup final on Sunday. That didnt earn Dynamo a spot in any European competitions for next season because UEFA has barred Russian teams over the invasion of Ukraine.

Schwarz is better known in the Bundesliga for coaching Mainz from 2017 through 2019, with a best finish of 12th.

Schwarz has around six weeks to get Hertha ready for the new season. That starts for Hertha with a tricky visit to Eintracht Braunschweig in the first round of the German Cup, a week before the Bundesliga season begins.

If he remains in charge for the whole season, Schwarz will be the first coach to have achieved the feat at Hertha since Pl Drdai in 2018-19. If he doesnt, it will increase the pressure on Bobic.