Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Uli Hesse in Germany

It seems safe to assume that Michael Preetz, Hertha Berlin's general manager, is an avid reader of these Bundesliga updates. Last week, we bemoaned most clubs' tendency to fill managerial vacancies with coaches who have just recently been fired by a competitor. Three days later, Preetz announced the most unexpected coaching coup since Borussia Dortmund signed Udo Lattek in 2000, seven years after Lattek had retired from the game. The first rumours of Preetz's surprise signing began making the rounds on Friday, a few hours after Christian Wulff had resigned as President of Germany. It would be taking things too far to suggest the rumours overshadowed Wulff's demission, but they were certainly more of a talking point among journalists during the evening game between Hoffenheim and Mainz - yet another one of those lacklustre 1-1 draws Hoffenheim are turning into an art form - than the match itself. "Did you hear that about Hertha," the reporters whispered to one another, "and Otto Rehhagel?" And more than one writer replied: "Yes, but I just can't believe it's true."

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