Niko Kovac

Hertha Berlin next manager odds: Kovac and Labbadia head betting

Although Bundesliga football has been put on hold during the coronavirus crisis, we’re still tracking the latest Hertha Berlin next manager odds.

Jurgen Klinsmann lasted just 10 weeks in charge after succeeding Ante Covic in late November, despite Hertha spending big on players in the winter break.

Interim coach Alexander Nouri is not expected to stay on, so here are the leading candidates to be the next permanent boss at Olympiastadion:

NIKO KOVAC @ 17/20

The 48-year-old certainly ticks all the right boxes for this position. Kovac followed up a decent spell as Croatia manager by leading Eintracht Frankfurt to German Cup glory and Bayern Munich to a domestic double last season. He left FC Hollywood in early November due to a patchy start to the current campaign but remains highly regarded and made 75 Bundesliga appearances as a player for Hertha between 2003 and 2006.


Labbadia, born in Germany of Italian ancestry, enjoyed a fine career as a striker, scoring 204 goals in 557 games, and has also built up a good reputation in the coaching ranks. Stints with Darmstadt, Bayer Leverkusen, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Wolfsburg saw his stock repeatedly rise and it is surprising that he has been available since leading the Wolves to sixth place in the Bundesliga table last term.


The 45-year-old had two solid spells with Hertha as a player, including a six-year stint from 2001 to 2007, and has impressed club officials since coaching at youth level in Berlin.


Established himself as a good club man during four years as a player in Bayern Munich’s reserves and worked his way up the coaching ladder in fine style. Earned promotion to Bundesliga 2 with Jahn Regensburg prior to a four-year spell in charge of Augsburg, although difficult stints with Schalke and Stuttgart give cause for concern.


This vastly-experienced 66-year-old left Olympiastadion with a record of seven wins, 10 draws and 16 losses after taking Hertha down in 2010. Subsequent tenures at VfL Bochum, Alemannia Aachen and 1860 Munich were far from impressive, too. Funkel did redeem his reputation by securing promotion with Fortuna Dusseldorf and finishing 10th last term, but a poor run of results saw him axed in January.

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