New Hertha Coach Schwarz Pledges Hard Work; Boateng to Stay
New Hertha Berlin coach Sandro Schwarz wants to deliver results and not words as he starts his tricky job at the almost relegated Bundesliga club.
“We want to be diligent, work intensively and not talk too much about our goals. Do things first,” Schwarz said at his presentation on Monday.
Schwarz arrived from Dynamo Moscow to take charge at Hertha who needed a play-off tie to stay in the top flight last season.
“I know it will be a challenge but I am looking forward to it,” he said.
“We want to play forward with purpose, be courageous at the back and above all appear as a united team off the pitch.”
Schwarz said he didn’t talk with his predecessor Felix Magath because he wanted to form an unbiased opinion on the players who started pre-season training Monday with performance tests.
Managing director Fredi Bobic said that the squad will undergo various changes during the transfer window until September 1 and that the club needs to earn more money than spend.
Several loaned out players such as forwards Krzysztof Piatek and Dodi Lukebakio could be sold for good to generate funds for new signings.
But veteran team leader Kevin-Prince Boateng is set to stay, with Bobic and Schwarz naming a contract renewal for the 35-year-old a formality.
“Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sandro Schwarz have had a good talk. It is only about a few contractual details. It should be a done deal within the next days,” Bobic said.