Hertha Berlin have just appointed the veteran Felix Magath as their third manager to guide them at the relegation battle. They are currently sitting on the second bottom of the table collecting 23 points.
The 68-year old boss has been hired to replace Pal Dardai's successor, Tayfun Korkut who was dismissed after losing 2-0 to Borussia M'Gladbach last weekend, which stretched their nine winless games consecutively. Hertha's Sporting Director, Fredi Bobic explained the reason of naming him to be the club's saviour in the following official statement.
"Felix Magath’s resume speaks for itself. We have been able to find a coach who has proven he has the experience needed in order to help us out of the challenging situation we find ourselves in."
Felix Magath did have the experience in leading his side at the relegation battle. He did succeed in some clubs to avoid relegation such as Frankfurt in 1999/2000, Vfb Stuttgart in 2001/02 and Wolfsburg in 2011/12 season. However, the former Hamburg key man in 1980s also failed the mission in some other teams like FC Saarbucken in 1990, Bayer Uerdingen in 1992 (both as a general manager), Werder Bremen in 1998/99 and Fulham in 2013/14 season (both as a head coach).
Magath was mainly lauded for his spell in Bayern Munich by guiding Roy Makaay and Co to clinch double domestic titles two years in a row in 2005 and 2006 and his first stint in Wolfsburg. He was able to guide them to their first ever Bundesliga title in 2009.
His first task at the moment is to pick up three points while hosting Hoffenheim this weekend. Stevan Jovetic and Co are racing against the time to salvage their campaign this season with only eight games remaining. Unfortunately, they have to fight for safety against at least five other clubs, VFB Stuttgart collecting the same 23 points, Arminia Biefield (25), Augsburg (26), Borussia M'Gladbach (30) and Wolfsburg (31).
Hertha's upcoming match against Hoffenheim will be their first of three successive games versus the tough opposition. They are bound to face off Bayer Leverkusen and Union Berlin after the international break at the end of this month. Another tricky game for the capital side is the final spieltag when they have to travel to Signal Iduna Park to take on Borussia Dortmund. They managed to beat Marco Rose's side 3-2 in the reverse fixture. Unfortunately, that was their last victory the season.