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17 May 2012 21:17:04

Hertha Berlin appoint Luhukay as new coach

Hertha Berlin have appointed Holland's Jos Luhukay as their new coach after the 48-year-old ex-Augsburg boss signed a two-year deal on Thursday as they prepare for life in the second division.

"We are very pleased that we could take Jos Luhukay for the next two years," said Hertha manager Michael Preetz.

Luhukay replaces ex-Greece coach Otto Rehhagel who took over in February but was unable to prevent Berlin going down as they lost the German league relegation play-off against Fortuna Duesseldorf 4-3 on aggregate.

Hertha have appealed to the German Football Federation (DFB) after chaotic scenes in Tuesday's return-leg in Duesseldorf blighted the 2-2 draw as two separate pitch invasions caused lengthy delays.

The result confirmed Hertha's relegation after Fortuna won the first-leg 2-1 in the capital, but Berlin's appeal will be heard by the DFB on Friday.

Excluding caretaker coaches, Luhukay, whose resume includes Cologne and Moenchengladbach, will be Hertha's fifth coach in five years.


AFP

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