A football city shrouded in failure - Klinsmann's shock resignation symbolises Hertha Berlin's eternal struggle to fulfil their potential

12 March 2020

Photo: PA Images The former Spurs striker got off to a bright start as Hertha Berlin head coach, earning eight points in the first five tricky matches to put a bit of distance between Hertha and the rest of the relegation candidates. But it al ended after just 76 days at the club.

New owner Lars Windhorst is convinced he can turn the club profitable. He admits, though, that the resignation of Klinsmann was a commercial blow.

Former Spurs hero Jürgen Klinsmann never accepted the governance structure at Hertha Berlin. He had to work together with the sporting director, and Klinsmann wanted to do the decision-making himself.

The club believe a new, privately funded 55,000-seater stadium could be the turning point, but critics are concerned that this project will only produce new problems for the club.

Svend Bertil Frandsen bertil@offthepitch.com

Do you know which European club spent the most money during the winter transfer window? It wasn't Manchester United, it wasn't Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain, it was Hertha Berlin.

Knee-deep in relegation danger, Hertha's main investor, German businessman Lars Windhorst, decided it was time to rejuvenate the squad by bringing in four new massive signings for a total value of €78 million, twice as much as the previous transfer record held by VFL Wolfsburg - €35 million during the 2014/15 campaign.

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