News – Hertha sacks Jos Luhukay

Hertha BSC have sacked Jos Luhukay according to several media reports coming out of the German capital. The Old Lady had a poor start to the Rückrunde and lost against Werder and Bayer Leverkusen in the first two matches in 2015. The Dutchman is the fourth coach getting fired this season afterMirko Slomka, Jens Keller and Robin Dutt all were let go by their former clubs(Armin Veh decided to leave Stuttgart rather than being fired).

In a statement on the club’s website, Hertha writes:

After an extensive analysis of the current situation, the club reached this decision. Furthermore, the collaboration with assistant coaches Markus Gellhaus and Rob Reekers has also been terminated. Hertha would like to thank Jos Luhukay and his assistants for the successful collaboration over the last few years.

After a great start to the season in the 2013/14 campaign, Hertha’s performances have declined over a longer period of time. The Rückrunde during last year’s campaign wasn’t great and so far this season the team haven’t really performed well despite several prolific new signings joining the club. There have been reports about Luhukay loosing the dressing room of late, and the performances on the pitch have been underwhelming on many occasions so far this season. Hertha have lost 5 of their last 7 matches and they have only taken 4 out of a possible 21 points during that period of time.

Hertha are facing fellow relegation fight strugglers 1. FSV Mainz this Saturday and the club needs a result to get out of the bottom three. Former Hertha player Pal Dardai and assistant coach Rainer Widmayer are taking over the team on a interim basis. After retiring from football, the former Hungarian international coached Hertha’s Under 17s and was employed at the club as a youth coach. Additionally had a short stint as the interims coach of the Hungarian national team between September and December of 2014, averaging 1.75 per match during his 4 matches in charge of the team.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 32-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.

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