Former USMNT Coach Jurgen Klinsmann Takes Over Hertha Berlin

Jurgen Klinsmann. Photo by John Dorton/ISI/REX/Shutterstock (7431991ek)

Although it was rumored that former USMNT’s head coach Jurgen Klinsmann might become boss of Ecuador’s national side, that won’t be the case. Instead, Klinsmann, who’s been out of a job since being fired by the U.S. in 2016, will take over Bundesliga’s Hertha Berlin.

Hertha announced on Wednesday that they have fired their manager Ante Covic, and hired Klinsmann on an interim basis. Covic was sacked after the team experienced a four-games losing streak and fell to 15th place on Bundesliga standings.

Klinsmann is expected to coach the club until a permanent replacement for Covic is found but might stick even until summer if the hiring process takes longer. The 55-year-old German manager was already a member of the team’s organization, being named to Hertha’s supervisory board earlier this month after the club was purchased by German entrepreneur Lars Windhorst.

Following the end of his illustrious career as a player, Jurgen Klinsmann managed the German national side and Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munchen. Klinsmann was hired as USMNT’s head coach in 2011, leading the country to FIFA World Cup appearance in 2014 before being sacked in 2016 following a series of bad results. His record with USMNT was 55 wins, 16 draws, and 27 losses.