Hertha Berlin’s Markus Babbel was the next coach in line to get sacked, a couple of others may follow according to reports in the German press.
”Who is lying?” Bild asked when writing about the controversial last few days over at Hertha Berlin. Markus Babbel told German TV channel Sky that he had told sporting director Michael Preetz that he’ll be leaving the club after his contract had expired, while Preetz told the same channel that Babbel had made it clear last Tuesday that he wasn’t going to extend his contract.
Drama surrounding Babbel
The last few weeks have seen Markus Babbel linked with a move to Schalke, and constant speculation around his future at the club. The relationship between the former Bayern, Liverpool and Stuttgart player with Hertha legend Michael Preetz was said to be as cold as the German winter according to the German press.
Babbel went too far for Hertha’s liking when he suggested on live television that Preetz was lying. The drama between Hertha and Babbel might be far from over, as it turns out. Hertha are currently looking into their legal opitions, and maybe suing Babbel for libelous the comments that he made on television.
The feud between Babbel and Preetz has undoubtfully had an effect on Hertha’s players. Hertha has only taken 7 points from the last 7 matches, showing relegation form after a very good start to the season. Babbel’s successor is the former Frankfurt and Leverkusen coach Michael Skibbe. Youth coach René Tretschok will be sitting on the bench in the cup tie against Kaiserslautern Wednesday.
More drama to come?
Hertha might not be the only club with a behind the scenes soap opera like drama going on. Rudi Völler voiced his discontent with Bayer Leverkusen’s season so far after the team’s loss 3-0 loss to cellar dwellers Nürnberg.
”We can’t deny that things didn’t work out very well even when we’re having a good streak of results.”
Völler told kicker that Bayer would’ve to re-eveluate certain things after Christmas. One of the first steps Robin Dutt took after this weekend’s poor result was to inform Hanno Balitsch that his services were no longer needed at ”Die Werkself”. This meassure was taken to re-instill respect in the players minds according to kicker. If Dutt’s emergency steps are enough to keep him at the BayArena remains to be seen.
Bild reported on Sunday that Freiburg’s Marcus Sorg might have to find new employment soon after a string of poor results for the Breisgau Brazilians in the Hinrunde. Freiburg’s fans had chanted ”Sorg raus”(Sack Sorg) throughout the game according to Germany’s biggest tabloid. Freiburg boss Fritz Keller tried to calm speculations down, telling Bild:”That is not an option we’re considering.”
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PS: The German TV show Sportstudio has summed up the entire drama between Babbel and Hertha Berlin in this video.(In German)