Hertha Berlin have reappointed Pal Dardai as coach. - © Thomas F. Starke/Bongarts/Getty Images
Hertha Berlin have reappointed Pal Dardai as coach. - © Thomas F. Starke/Bongarts/Getty Images
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Hertha Berlin re-appoint Pal Dardai as coach

Hertha Berlin have reappointed Pal Dardai as coach, the 44-year-old succeeding Bruno Labbadia after a season-and-a-half working with the club's youth teams.

Dardai, whose son Marton is on the books at the club, was previously head coach between 2015 and 2019, guiding the club to a sixth-place finish in 2016/17, and with it, qualification for the following season's UEFA Europa League.

"It was definitely not my plan to switch from the U16s to the professional coaching position," explained the former Hungary international and Hertha's record appearance maker. "But I don't need to explain to anyone what Hertha means to me. So, it was no question for me, that I was going to help out in this situation. I'm looking forward to this task and working with the team."

Dardai has signed a contract until 2022. He is joined in the dugout by assistants Andreas Neuendorf and Admir Hamzagic, goalkeeping coach Zsolt Petry and fitness trainers Henrik Kuchno and Hendrik Vieth.

Dardai will oversee his first game in his second spell as coach as soon as Saturday, when the Old Lady take on Eintracht Frankfurt at the Deutsche Bank Park.