Magath replaces Korkut as Hertha’s trainer


FELIX Magath will be Hertha Berlin coach until the end of the season. This was announced Sunday (13/3), a few hours after Tayfun Korkut was sacked after Herha failed to win in nine consecutive Bundesliga matches.

Magath, who won the Bundesliga title with Wolfsburg in 2008-09, also led Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga title from 2004 to 2006.

This time, however, he’s taking charge of Hertha, who are second from bottom of the table, two points off safety and in poor morale after being winless in 2022.

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“I have spoken frankly and openly with (Hertha director) Fredi Bobic and we are aware of the situation at hand,” said Magath.

“I am ready to help Hertha Berlin achieve their goal of staying in the Bundesliga.”

“The most important thing right now is that everyone is focused on the eight remaining games.”

Magath is renowned for his ultra-disciplinary approach. He will start his campaign at Hertha with three tough matches against Hoffenheim, Bayer Leverkusen and city side Union Berlin, all three of whom are in the top seven standings.

Magath’s last position was in charge of Chinese club Shandong Taishan, which he left in 2007.

Magath is Hertha’s third coach of the season as Korkut replaces Pal Dardai, who was sacked in November.

Hertha have lost their last five matches and have not won once in 2022. They were also knocked out of the DFB Pokal after losing to Union last January. (AFP/OL-1)