Jürgen Klinsmann has stepped down from the position as coach of Hertha BSC.
|Jürgen Klinsmann (left).||Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0|
Jürgen Klinsmann has announced his decision to resign as head coach of Hertha BSC with immediate effect.
Klinsmann was initially appointed to Hertha's supervisory board before he agreed to take over the position as head coach when Ante Covic was relieved of his duties towards the end of November.
However, he has now decided to step down from the position as head coach.
"In order to serve as head coach, I need the trust of the people involved. Especially in the battle to avoid relegation, unity, cohesion and a focus on the essentials are the most important elements. If these things aren't guaranteed, I cannot use my potential as coach and therefore cannot fulfill my responsibilities," Klinsmann wrote in a statement on his official Facebook page.
"That's why, after much consideration, I have come to the conclusion that I should leave my position as head coach and return to my original long-term task as a member of the Supervisory Board," he added.
Klinsmann's decision has been confirmed by Hertha BSC.
"We were surprised about this development this morning. Especially after the trusting cooperation regarding personnel decisions during the intensive winter transfer window, there was no sign of this. We will inform you about further developments in due course," said Hertha sporting director Michael Preetz in a statement on the club's website.
Klinsmann's announcement comes just a few days after Hertha suffered a 1-3 defeat to Mainz at home in the Bundesliga.