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Klinsmann speaks on Hertha, Bobic, and Löw during footballing roundtable

By Peter Vice

Given the current state of Germany's richer capital city club, it was only a matter of time until more critical quotes began surfacing from former trainer Jürgen Klinsmann. 

The man who led 2006's "Sommermärchen" also commented on Fredi Bobic and the German national team.

Jürgen Klinsmann.
Jürgen Klinsmann.Photo: IIJ Events/CC-by-SA 2.0

In a transfermarkt.us footballing roundtable, former Germany, Bayern, USMNT, and Hertha BSC head-coach Jürgen Klinsmann took his shots at the club he coached for ten short weeks near the middle of the turbulent 2019/20 campaign. 

"It's sad to see the club where it is now," the 56-year-old trainer noted during an discursive event hosted by the Bundesliga itself. Klinsmann took care to emphasize that he in no way felt "vindicated" or happy about the club's current crisis.

He did express regrets for the manner in which he handled his departure and repeated that the leak of a confidential letter he sent to club investor Lars Windhorst continued to hurt him.

"I certainly made many mistakes," Klinsmann acknowledged, "for example, the way I announced my departure on Facebook." 

Naturally, there were many other questions awaiting Klinsmann during this appearance in the public sphere. The former German national team star enthusiastically endorsed the prospect of his former teammate Fredi Bobic potentially taking the managerial reins at "die alte Dame."

"I think it would be fantastic for the club, because he [Bobic] is a proven personality in the business," Klinsmann said in response to a direct question. 

Regarding the prospects of the country's beloved Nationalmannschaft, Klinsmann made clear that he maintained faith in the man who succeeded him some 15 years ago to keep the squad a contender at the the coming Euros. He also commented on the potential return of Thomas Müller and Mats Hummels. 

"I'm actually quite positive about the prospect of Thomas and Mats coming back," Klinsmann noted, "For me, [their exclusion] was a decision for the moment. Nobody said it was permanent. At the end of the day, [Löw] will make the choice."

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