Ex-players take Hertha caretaker reigns
Rene Tretschok and Ante Covic have been placed in temporary charge of Hertha Berlin following the dismissal of Michael Skibbe yesterday. Skibbe paid the price for a run of five successive defeats in all competitions since replacing Markus Babbel during the winter break.
Tretschok and Covic, who between them played 157 games for Berlin and were in charge of the club's under-19 and under-15 sides respectively, will sit on the bench for Saturday's clash with Borussia Dortmund. However, the club is looking at other candidates to fill the role on a full-time basis.
One of those is former Berlin coach Falko Gotz, who is currently out of work after a spell in charge of the Vietnam national team. "Everybody at Hertha knows that I am ready to help the club," Gotz told the Berliner Zeitung newspaper. "Hertha was my first job as a Bundesliga coach and they always have a place in my heart. I am ready and willing, it just takes a call from the club."
Gotz stepped in as a temporary solution in 2002 before becoming head coach in 2004 for almost three seasons. Meanwhile, Germany FIFA World Cup™ winner Franz Beckenbauer has hit out at the Hertha players for their performance in this weekend's 5-0 defeat to Stuttgart.
"The question is how you lose games and what the team did in Stuttgart was refuse to work," he told Sky television. "The team played against Skibbe. There was no passion, no enthusiasm. A team cannot play the way it did against Stuttgart, that is impossible."
Former Hoffenheim coach Holger Stanislawski is also regarded as a leading candidate for the Hertha job.