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Hertha Berlin parts ways with manager Jos Luhukay

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After finally seeming to earn the admiration of his manager, Hertha Berlin and U.S. Men’s National Team defender John Brooks will need to impress a new boss on the club level.

Hertha Berlin announced Thursday that the club has parted ways with manager Jos Luhukay. The manager, who took charge of the club in 2012 and led the club into the Bundesliga, saw his team fall into the relegation zone with a 1-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday, prompting the club to make a move.

“Hertha Berlin would like to expressly thank Jos Luhukay and his assistants Markus Gellhaus and Rob Reekers for the very successful cooperation in recent years,” the club said in a statement. “Together, promotion to the Bundesliga was masterfully achieved and the year after we comfortably ensured our survival.”

Brooks and Luhukay had a very up and down relationship in recent months, as the USMNT defender was benched by his manager in September for inconsistency. Brooks also earned his coach’s ire in April after missing time after getting a large tattoo on his back.

The two appeared to have gotten closer in recent months, as Brooks regained his place and prompted Luhukay to say he was “world class.”

“That was the Brooks I have always wished for. I am delighted for him,” Luhukay told the Berliner Kurier following Brooks’ performance in a Dec. 13 victory over Borussia Dortmund. “I have had my battles with him, but we have always been honest with each other, and that’s why I am just delighted.”

Luhukay has been replaced on an interim basis by former Hertha Berlin midfiedler Pal Dardai.

What do you think of Luhukay’s dismissal? How will Brooks fare the rest of the season?

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  1. I think this is good news as far as brooks is concerned. The old manager had a bipolar personality as far as his treatment of brooks. At his age he needs a manager to stand behind him through it all and give him consistent time.

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    • Maybe, I only know the man is General manager and that his buys this summer are okay. (Julian Schieber is crap bit has somehow scored some.)

      I dunno if Hertha going down would be bad for Brooks. More game time would be certain…. but he might just get sold.

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  2. Hopefully Brooks understand that at that level (and lower levels as well) you need to earn the managers admiration EVERY DAY. Every practice and every game is a new chance for number two to knock you down.

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    • Excellent Statement, well said. Few people understand just how true this is. It’s like most elite high school football blue chip recruits won’t shy away from a certain school because they are afraid of the competition, or the existing depth chart.
      And the upperclassmen have to continue to get better because they know any day the next guy can come in and take his spot.

      Here’s a question, if this same statement was made regarding Klinsmann, how would it be received??

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