BERLIN, GERMANY (FEBRUARY 13, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
1. (SOUNDBITE) (German) HERTHA PRESIDENT, WERNER GEGENBAUER, SAYING:
"The only thing I can say is that Juergen Klinsmann has left not only Hertha BSC but also the whole project. That is what has happened. I would like to make a point around something that has been coming up again and again in the past few days, namely the question about his contract. I can clearly say, while sitting here, that of course there was a contract, a spoken contract, since November 27, and since December 2 there was also a written contract as head coach."
2. HERTHA SIGN READING (German) "THE FUTURE BELONGS TO BERLIN"
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3. (SOUNDBITE) (German) HERTHA BSC FORMER COACH, JUERGEN KLINSMANN, SAYING:
"That's another topic, my soccer coach license never expired. All the shit that everyone invented shouldn't have happened. But it was just that. A week later they blamed me for not wanting to do the public training at Hertha. That was also wrong. I never said that. I just said that after 20 minutes everyone should pack up their cameras because otherwise our training was always broadcast live on TV."
4. WHITE FLASH
5. (SOUNDBITE) (German) HERTHA BSC FORMER COACH, JUERGEN KLINSMANN, SAYING:
"I want to go into that. Many of you said "he's leaving a mess" or something like that. And that's absolutely false. That is absolutely false. This team has stabilized. We arrived and you were practically in relegation, with a tie in both points and goals. And now they have set a difference of six points."
STORY: Hertha Berlin have little time to pick up the pieces of their failed collaboration with coach Juergen Klinsmann, who has left the club after only eight weeks in charge, if they are to win their fight to avoid relegation.
The Berliners sit 14th in the Bundesliga table, six points above the relegation playoff spot, despite having pumped more than 70 million euros ($76 million) into transfers over the winter period as requested by Klinsmann.
The former United States and Germany coach arrived in late November ready to lead a "big club project" and saying Berlin deserved a big team like other major European cities.
He pledged to turn Hertha from a relegation-threatened club to a contender for European spots within two seasons, with the backing of Hertha's major investor Lars Windhorst.
But on Tuesday (February 12) his project crashed before it had even taken flight. Klinsmann claimed there was a lack of trust from the bosses and wanted more control taken away from sports director Michael Preetz and given to him.
Windhorst, who has pledged a total of more than 200 million euros after coming in as an investor last year, said on Thursday (February 13) he regretted Klinsmann's decision.