Preetz named as Hoeness successor
Michael Preetz is to be installed as Hertha Berlin's new general manager after Dieter Hoeness left the club yesterday.
Preetz will be given a slightly reduced role, with his assistant Ingo Schiller taking on some of the responsibilities formerly undertaken by Hoeness.
"Michael Preetz is now going to be called up to become director of sport," Hertha's president Werner Gegenbauer said.
Gegenbauer believes the dual role, with Preetz taking care of the sports side of things and Schiller looking after the club's finances, is the best solution after the departure of Hoeness, who spent 12 years at the club.
"I have no fear at all about this change," added Gegenbauer. "Hertha Berlin is set up well enough to have a team capable of being competitive next season."
Berlin finished fourth in the Bundesliga this season and were still in the race for the title with three games of the season remaining. They will play in the Europa League next season.
The 41-year-old Preetz ended his playing career while at Hertha in 2003 after seven years with the club for whom he made 227 appearances. Since hanging up his boots, he had assisted Hoeness in running the club.
Hoeness stood down yesterday, one year before the end of his contract.