Relegation from Hertha BSC: It’s not all good – sports

At noon, when most of the Hertha BSC office is eating, Fredi Bobic goes into the water. The CEO of the Berlin Bundesliga football club discovered swimming as an ideal endurance sport some time ago, and he finds the perfect conditions for this on the Olympic venue in Berlin’s Westend. Bobic usually spends an hour coping with his lengths, covering 3,000 meters.

Fredi Bobic has now been in charge of Hertha BSC’s fortunes for almost exactly one year – and during this time he not only swam regularly, he was almost out swimming. Only at the last minute, in the relegation against Hamburger SV, were the Berliners able to avert the seventh relegation in their club history thanks to an energy performance that was hardly thought possible. Last act was at least impressive. A bad season ended with joy for Hertha BSC. Much was resolved in cheers. But it’s not all good.

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The parallels between this season and Bobic’s first commitment to Hertha BSC are obvious. The jubilation was great when he moved to Berlin in 2003. Bobic came to Berlin as a successful striker and with high expectations. At that time, these expectations were not met. Instead of playing for the title, Hertha fought relegation. Bobic served only to a limited extent as Michael Preetz’s successor in the attack, but he certainly played a crucial role in preventing the season from ending in total loss with his goal in the 1-0 victory over his former club Stuttgart.


What role he played to save the match this time is something club historians might want to argue about later: Did he have a role at all because he eventually made a lucky move with Felix Magath? Or was he no longer responsible for it coming to this at all?

Bobic has never hidden that the legacy of his predecessor Michael Preetz made his life significantly more difficult. But that makes things a little too easy for himself. And therefore it would be exaggerated to celebrate relegation too euphoric for more than one night. The problems do not disappear from one day to the next. And it’s all not good.

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Yes, the legacy that Bobic found when he took office was enormous. Yes, cosmetic corrections probably would not have been enough. Yes, approaching the structures was not only right, it was necessary. And yet: the squad that for a long time only proved to be conditionally suitable for the Bundesliga before it tightened up again on the last occasion, this squad was his work.

Will also be staying for the next few weeks

Just make it clear: Of all the players Hertha’s sporting director has signed for the past 12 months, none have proven to be a reliable reinforcement. This is not a pleasant realization, especially given the reputation that Bobic gained during his time at Eintracht Frankfurt. Not to mention his decisions as a coach. Of course, no one can prove it, but there is some evidence to support the thesis that relegation with Pal Dardai, which Bobic managed without any apparent need in the fall, would have been easier to obtain.

Bobic, of course, is not solely to blame for the club’s pitiful performance. Despite a cash injection of 374 million euros, which not only does not improve, but even worsens dramatically – it speaks for a failure at all levels. A failure that, despite staying up, will have consequences at all levels and will probably shake the club in the coming days and weeks.

There is currently no coach for the team, the squad for the new season exists only in Bobic’s imagination, President Werner Gegenbauer is on the rise, the presidency may be too, and Ingo Schiller, CFO, will definitely retire in the autumn.

It is probably this overall constellation that saves Bobic from a serious discussion about staying in the job. Someone has to plan for the future now … But Bobic still has to earn the real conviction of the fans in his decisions. Even after relegation.

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