After being relegated from the Bundesliga, Hertha BSC is facing major problems. Many future questions are open.
With “broken” hearts and heavy legs, Kevin-Prince Boateng and the Hertha BSC players trotted into an uncertain future. Frustration, disappointment and anger about the painful relegation to the 2nd Bundesliga also caused a feeling of emptiness and powerlessness during the short run together on Sunday morning.
“I’m a Hertha fan myself. It’s just sad,” said Boateng about his heart club’s seventh Bundesliga relegation.
The tears that flowed after the dramatic 1: 1 (0: 0) against VfL Bochum had dried up. Nothing changed in the basic mood.
“It hurts, it’s hard, it’s not nice,” said coach Pal Dardai on Saturday night: “The descent is bad for everyone.”
Hertha BSC: Game against Bochum “reflection of the whole season”
Hertha would have needed a win to keep hopes of a blue and white football miracle alive. The belief in it was stronger than ever after Lucas Tousart’s goal (63rd). Then Keven Schlotterbeck (90+4) caused collective horror. Hertha BSC has to go to the second division.
The course of the game was “a reflection of the whole season,” said sports director Benjamin Weber and agreed with Dardai. “Hertha BSC are not relegated today,” he said. “The performance was good.”
The dismay was noticeable in the Hungarian. The 47-year-old lives the club. He is a record player and head coach for the third time. In mid-April, the club veteran accepted the complicated rescuer mission.
He failed. The legacy is too heavy, the structural problems in the club are too deep, and the unbalanced squad lacks a sense of unity.
Hertha BSC: Dardai announces written analysis
Dardai announced that he would submit a “written analysis” to the club. It should be obvious. “I’m always honest. We’ll see how the club sees it,” said Dardai, whose contract expires at the end of June.
His own future should not be discussed until the end of the season. Only “when the time comes can we talk about things.”
The coaching staff is just one of many construction sites. What’s next for Hertha BSC? With which squad do you start the season at the end of July? And what about the license?
The economic situation is threatening. The club must provide the German Football League (DFL) with proof of funding for the coming season by June 7th. He has “complete confidence in the management,” said Weber.
Boateng: “Clean completely from bottom to top”
Change is inevitable. They can and must be profound. “You have to answer the question marks and clean the thing from top to bottom,” said Boateng: “We have to iron out the problems and then attack again.”
When and if Hertha will return to the Bundesliga cannot be estimated. The club pays the price for the misdevelopment of the past few years, in which megalomania reigned and money was burned to an absurd extent.
“We have to work now for the future,” said Dardai. What this looks like cannot be answered seriously at the moment.