After just 76 days in charge, Jürgen Klinsmann is out as manager of Hertha Berlin. The German legend announced his decision Tuesday morning on his Facebook page, siting a lack of trust in him from key decision makers at the club.
"As a head coach, however, I also need the trust of the people acting for this task, which is not yet done. Especially in the relegation fight, unity, cohesion and focus on the essentials are the most important elements. If they are not guaranteed, I can't take advantage of my potential as a trainer and can't live up to my responsibility either.
That's why after a long thought, I came to put my position as head coach of Hertha and retreat myself back to my original long-term task as a supervisory board member." – Jürgen Klinsmann on Facebook (Translated from German)
Klinsmann, 55, only took charge of 10 official matches at the club during his short stint, winning only three times. He departs the club as they sit just six points above the relegation zone in the Bundesliga.
His claim of a lack of support is surprising considering the club ranked near the very top in transfer spend in all of Europe this January window. They spent nearly €70 million in the transfer window, bringing in the likes of Krzysztof Piatek from AC Milan and Lucas Tousart from Lyon.
The once promising managerial career of Klinsmann seems to be fading drastically. After a third-place finish with Germany at the 2006 World Cup, the iconic striker struggled and was eventually fired as manager of Bayern Munich in 2009 after less than two seasons. A long but controversial stint with the United States Men's National Team followed, which resulted in him again being relieved of his duties in 2016.
Who knows where or if Klinsmann will resurface after his latest failed foray into the managerial scene.