Hertha BSC has announced it will replace current coach Pál Dárdai from next season. As a result, the best and most recognized Hungarian football coach has only five matches left with the Berlin team. According to the statement, they mutually agreed to part ways.
As head coach, Pál Dárdai has spent four and a half years with the club. He built a very successful team, which, under his guidance, found itself in the first half of the Bundesliga, battling for places in Europe. Despite the club’s fragile financial situation and its propensity for selling its best players year by year, Dárdai was able to create a competitive team.
However, this season was plagued by injury and after five consecutive defeats, the Hungarian coach’s venture came to a halt. With four years and two months under his belt, he is the second longest-serving head coach in Bundesliga.
Pál Dárdai has been a great contributor to Hertha BSC’s successes over the past years, not only as our record appearance holder but also as head coach,”
said sporting director Michael Preetz. “Four-and-a-half years of positive and constructive work is a long time in professional football. We have, however, come to the decision together that a fresh impact this summer is the right move for Hertha BSC. Pál is an important part of the positive development of the club and will continue to be a key member of the Hertha family beyond his spell as head coach.”
Dárdai is a Hertha legend and currently holds the club’s all-time record due to his 366 Bundesliga appearances. After finishing his career as a player, Dárdai coached Hertha’s youth teams (and helped the Hungarian national team qualify for Euro 2016). Having played for Hertha BSC as a hard-working midfielder for 14 years, he transferred his strong work ethic to his new role as a coach. Dárdai has always emphasized his commitment to the club; he even promised he would leave with no hard feelings should Hertha’s leaders find him a burden.
My years in charge of Hertha BSC have been very intense and eventful. I’m thankful for this chance and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved during this time,”
Pál Dárdai said. “Sometimes a change is needed. I’ve always said that I want the best for Hertha BSC, as Hertha is and always will be my home.”
A few days ago, Dárdai discussed the possibility of continuing at another club as a head coach. After all, he is a household name in the world of international football and likely has no shortage of offers. But, according to Hertha’s statement, he will stay at the club and return in the summer of 2020 as a youth coach.