AFP Odd ANDERSEN
German club Hertha Berlin announced in an official statement today, Monday, the return of Hungarian Pal Darday to coach the team a year and a half after his departure, succeeding Bruno Labadia, who was dismissed from his post on Sunday.
On Sunday, the capital club decided to dismiss Labadia and the team’s sporting director, Michael Brits, after the big loss at home to Werder Bremen 4-1 in the domestic league.
Berlin settled with one point from its last four matches against teams considered weak, to sit in the 14th place with 17 points, prompting the administration to decide to abandon Labadia, the 54-year-old who took office in April 2020, shortly after the tournament stopped due to the emerging Corona virus, and saved him from Landing.
Yesterday, the club indicated that it is in contact with its former coach Darday to succeed Labadia, then confirmed today the contract with the 44-year-old: “He knows all the people here and does not need much time to adapt,” according to Chairman Karsten Schmidt, adding: “Pal lives for Herta and we are completely convinced that he will give the team what it needs thanks to his clear and direct nature.”
Darday, who defended Herta’s colors as a defensive midfielder also between 1997 and 2012, returns to the position he held between 2015 and 2019, accompanied by his former aides Andrea Neuendorf and Serbian Admir Hamzagic.