Hertha BSC bosses Werner Gegenbauer, Michael Preetz and Lars Windhorst addressed Jürgen Klinsmann's decision to step down as head coach at a press conference on Thursday.
|Jürgen Klinsmann.||Photo: IIJ Events/CC-by-SA 2.0|
Jürgen Klinsmann is no longer on Hertha's board of directors following his decision to resign as head coach, club bosses Werner Gegenbauer, Michael Preetz and Lars Windhorst said at a press conference today.
Klinsmann was initially appointed to Hertha's supervisory board before he agreed to take over the position as head coach at the end of November.
But after just a few months in charge, the 55-year-old announced on Monday that he would step down from the job as head coach to return to his original task as a member of the supervisory board.
However, after leaving his position as head coach, Klinsmann no longer has a role to play at the club.
"The latest developments were very surprising from the club's perspective. Jürgen Klinsmann has not only decided to leave Hertha BSC, but the project as a whole," said Hertha president Werner Gegenbauer, as quoted by the club.
"Of course he signed a contract for employment, both written and verbally. Mr. Klinsmann confirmed the suspension of his position on the supervisory board of the KG on 27th November, before signing as head coach on 1st December," he added.
Hertha BSC investor Lars Windhorst said:
"It was a knee jerk reaction by Jürgen Klinsmann, he now sees it like that as well. Nevertheless, this is simply unacceptable in the business world. We were on the right track; it's a shame that it's gone in this direction."