Ex-Mainzer comes from Russia: Sandro Schwartz becomes Hertha's new coach

The former Mainzer comes from Russia
Sandro Schwartz becomes Hertha’s new coach

Sandro Schwartz is the new coach of German soccer team Hertha BSC. After the relegation that was just prevented, the former Mainz coach must ensure more peace next season. But there are discussions about his just finished job at Dynamo Moscow.

Hertha BSC starts the new Bundesliga season with Sandro Schwartz as head coach. The club announced that the former Mainz coach has signed a contract until 2024.

Managing Director of Sport, Freddy Bobic, said: “When I was looking for a new coach for Hertha BSC, my focus was not only on the professional qualities but also on enthusiasm, passion and passion. Sandro has had it all during his time at FSV Mainz 05 and also At the dynamo on display in Moscow. ” Schwartz explained that he was “very interested” in helping shape the restart at Hertha BSC. The club has been through a difficult time. I’m really looking forward to turning this into something positive with work, joy and a lot of energy.”

The 43-year-old player is from FK Dynamo Moscow. There, he lost the cup final to Spartak Moscow 2-1 last Sunday, then announced his departure from Russia. Schwartz was named Coach of the Month several times during his time with Dynamo in Russia.

But there are also criticisms – Hertha has not calmed down after the just-barred relegation, the numerous resignations in the executive hall and the discussions going on about investor Lars Windhorst: unlike other German coaches such as Marcus Gisdol or Daniel Varkey. After the Russian attack on Ukraine, he remained in the country. Talking about his sense of responsibility, he emphasized, “I think that in a situation like this, safety is the most important thing and that I’m not the one who just looks at himself and says, ‘I’m going to get on the next plane and get out of here’.” At Hertha’s public meeting on Sunday, some fans had already criticized Schwartz’s previously evident coaching biography.

“I want to see bold football”

The coach, who was in charge of 1. FSV Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga from 2017 to 2019, should initially lead the Berlin side into safe table zones after years of sporting decline. Under short-term coach Magath, they were able to take on Hamburg SV (0:1:1:0) in the relegation zone.

Bobic expects engaging playstyle from the new coach. “It’s clear what he should bring with him. The character and fire of Hertha,” said the MD. The 50-year-old criticized the performance, especially under my predecessors Magath Pal Darday and Typhon Korkut: “I would like to see aggressive football, directed forward and not backward. Football was passive.”

This is the third coach signed by Bobic to Berlin. According to critics, Korkut, who replaced club icon Dardai in November, has stuck around for too long. Under Magath, who then followed suit in March, stay in the league was very tight. If he doesn’t work with Black as well, the pressure on Bobic should increase even more.

Schwarz starts with Hertha at the last weekend of July in the DFB Cup in Eintracht Braunschweig, and a week later the Bundesliga season begins. If he is still coach of Hertha in May 2023, he will be the first coach since Dardai 2018/19 to take over for a full season with the Berlin players.

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