Former German national team goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has joined the management of Hertha, the company of majority owner Lars Windhorts announced on Sunday. He has thus replaced former German striker and coach Juergen Klinsmann.
Klinsmann was in a dual role at Hertha, as a coach and a member of the Supervisory Board, but in February he decided to resign as interim coach of the first team. In his announcement, he criticized the club hierarchy, but believed he would remain in the management structure. But not long after, he was shown the exit door from Hertha, with the message that he could not be trusted.
Klinsmann’s position on the Supervisory Board has now been filled by the former goalkeeper of Schalke, Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal and Stuttgart, and Lehmann is coming to that position from the position of assistant coach in the first division of Augsburg.
“I am pleased to have accepted Lars Windhorst’s offer to work on the further development of Hertha Berlin. I see this as one of the most interesting projects in football,” 50-year-old Lehmann said in a statement.
Hertha’s new coach is Bruno Labbadia, who will make his debut on the bench in Saturday’s match against Hoffenheim, when the Bundesliga returns to action after a two-month break due to the coronavirus.
Labbadia’s main task will be to stay in first-league squad, as Hertha are in 13th place nine rounds before the end, six points above the relegation zone.