Hertha Berlin ambitions remain despite Klinsmann debacle

BERLIN (AP) — Mixing with the best in Germany, qualifying for the Europa League and reaching the Champions League — Hertha Berlin’s ambition remains despite Jürgen Klinsmann’s resignation as coach after only nine uninspiring Bundesliga games.

Refuting talk of chaos at the club, Hertha president Werner Gegenbauer, general manager Michael Preetz and new financial backer Lars Windhorst presented their vision for the future at a news conference on Thursday, two days after Klinsmann quit suddenly with a Facebook announcement.

“I believe he regrets the decision,” said Windhorst, who brought Klinsmann to the club after investing 125 million euros ($140 million) into Hertha last year.

He increased his stake to 49.9% for another 99 million euros ($110 million) in November.

“I’m sorry that
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