Already in early February, the association had informed that Friedrich would not extend his contract ending at the end of the season. Now the farewell is coming soon: How Hertha BSC announced on Monday night, Friedrich will leave the club with immediate effect. “We have now found together in an open conversation that it is more sense with regard to the planning of the coming season more meaningful to end the cooperation now,” Managing Director Fredi Bobic is quoted in the message.

Friedrich himself seems to have gone to his role in the club in the step. “For a variety of reasons,” he justifies the decision, with him “the feeling arose that my influence in important sporting decisions is no longer sufficient to meet my duties as a sports director”.

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The former Hertha captain was still returning to the club under Chief Trainer Jürgen Klinsmann, since the season 2020/21 he worked as a sports director. After the separation from the then Managing Director Michael Preetz, Friedrich was the sole athletic responsibility for half a year before Bobic moved to Berlin and took over the post of managing director.

In February, Bobic was still said about Friedrich’s future: “It is no secret that the US plays an important role for him and we work together to see how he can be a help for us in the future.” Whether this plans will continue to be recorded further, the club does not write in his message. There is no information on a successor control.