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Hertha identify candidates to potentially replace Ante Covic as coach

By Rune Gjerulff

With Ante Covic's future as Hertha BSC coach increasingly in question, the club have reportedly started looking for potential candidates to replace him.

Ante Covic.
Ante Covic.Photo: Steindy, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0

Hertha BSC have started looking for potential candidates to replace Ante Covic whose job as the club's head coach is hanging by a thread following Sunday's embarrassing 0-4 defeat to Augsburg.

According to Bild, the club bosses are said to decide on Tuesday if Covic will remain in charge for Saturday's Bundesliga game against Borussia Dortmund.

Under all circumstances, the 48-year-old is considered increasingly unlikely to stay long term, with Hertha actively looking for options to succeed him.

Jürgen Klinsmann is said to be one of the main candidates for the job. The former Germany coach was recently appointed to the board of the club and could take over the job as coach temporarily until the end of the season.

In the meantime, the Hertha bosses would be able to find a long-term solution in peace. However, as Klinsmann currently lives in Los Angeles, he wouldn't be able to take on the task before the weekend.

Bild claims that Niko Kovac is seen as a possible long-term option. The 48-year-old was dismissed as Bayern coach earlier this month and wouldn't be willing to take on a new task this season, as per Kicker. But there is a chance he would be willing to take the job ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Hertha's current assistant coach, Harald Gämperle, is said to be another possible temporary solution while the German capital club have reportedly also approached former Wolfsburg coach Bruno Labbadia.

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