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Magath: Nothing but problems at Hertha

By Rune Gjerulff

Felix Magath has opened up on the problems he experienced during his time at Hertha.

Felix Magath.
Felix Magath.

With a 2-1 play-off aggregate win over Hamburger SV, Felix Magath ultimately managed to save Hertha BSC from relegation after taking over as head coach on an interim basis back in March.

In an interview with Kicker, Magath has looked back at his months in charge, admitting that guiding the crisis-hit capital club to safety was the toughest task of his long career.

"You can't single out something as the biggest problem. It was nothing but problems," Magath told the German football magazine and added:

"I knew this would be my most difficult task. But from the outside you can never see how things look internally. It's surprising that in a city like this, it hasn't been possible to get the club on track for years.

"I happened to meet my predecessor, Tayfun Korkut, before he left Berlin in the underground parking garage of the hotel. We talked briefly, and Tayfun told me that it was hard for him because he was given no help at all. And all I can say is that I also felt like I had no help during those nine weeks.

"It was difficult. Maybe I'm doing one or two people an injustice. But as a coach, I had the feeling that not much was happening around me. That's something you have to come to terms with."

Former Mainz coach Sandro Schwarz is expected to succeed Magath at Hertha.

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