Hertha BSC have parted ways with Ante Covic. Jürgen Klismann takes over as coach until the end of the season.
|Ante Covic.||Photo: Steindy, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0|
Ante Covic has been relieved of his duties as Hertha BSC coach with immediate effect, the club have announced.
Jürgen Klinsmann, who was recently appointed to the club's board of directors, takes over the reins until the end of the season.
"It was an extremely difficult decision for us, because Ante has been part of Hertha BSC for more than 20 years. He has conducted himself with a lot of passion, expertise and meticulousness ever since he took over as head coach of the first team in the summer," said Hertha sporting director Michael Preetz, as quoted by the club.
"We regret that it has come to this, but ultimately, in terms of development and recent results, we felt there was a need for action. I would like to thank Ante for his commitment and in time we will talk to him about alternative ways for him to be involved with Hertha BSC," he added.
Ante Covic said:
"The way we've been playing recently and the results have led to this decision. Since Hertha BSC is not just an employer to me, such a decision hurts, of course. But I have always said that this club is more important than individuals. I love not only this profession, but I love this club with all my heart."
Hertha have had a difficult start to the season after Covic took over the job from Pal Dardai in the summer. The German capital club sit 15th in the Bundesliga table with 11 points after 12 games.