Rehhagel focused on SOS mission

Veteran coach delighted to have opportunity to return to management

Otto Rehhagel: Concentrating on saving Hertha in the next three months

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New Hertha Berlin boss Otto Rehhagel is determined to save the club from Bundesliga relegation.

The 73-year-old has been installed on a short-term contract as Hertha, who are currently just two points above the bottom three, seek to avoid an immediate return to the second division.

Rehhagel has built up a wealth of experience during four decades of coaching in Germany and with the Greece national team - who he famously led to a surprise triumph at Euro 2004 - and he is hoping that can benefit Hertha.

"The team is in grave danger and I want to help them with my vast experience," said Rehhagel, who is pleased to be back on the bench having left his last position as Greece coach following the 2010 World Cup.

"I feel fit and am looking forward to an exciting challenge.


"I want to keep Hertha in the Bundesliga and that is what I will be concentrating on for the next three months."

Rehhagel's last job in the Bundesliga ended 12 years ago, not long after he had led Kaiserslautern to the title in their first year back in the top flight following promotion from the second division.

He then spent almost a decade in charge of Greece before last week being offered a chance to return to football with Hertha, where he started his playing career in the Sixties.

"There was once an artist who I'd rather not name who said, 'life is too short'. I thought about it for a night and then agreed," he said.

"For as long as I live, I want to have tension. I am delighted to have such an opportunity."