Peace, joy and pancakes have never been so real at Hertha BSC. Even with investor Lars Windhorst and his Tennor Group, not everything is going smoothly. This is proven again by statements by Club President Werner Gegenbauer.
Lars Windhorst is far from being an undisputed figure at Hertha BSC. The investor is neither internally nor with their own fans. His investment by the Tennor Group is critically examined and monitored again and again. You can often read of minor coordination problems with promised batches. Particularly when it comes to mutual communication, there are regular problems.
Werner Gegenbauer now also publicly states that. He has been the club’s president since 2008, making him an integral part of the more traditional part of the capital city club. In the “Hertha Base” podcast, for example, he now complained about the external image with and from the investment group (quotes via daily mirror): “You can’t stop the Tennor Group from talking about your investment.”
“But,” said Gegenbauer clearly, “we tried to make it clear to them from the start that they shouldn’t thwart our communication, please only promise people what we can keep. They couldn’t do that.” An accusation that is somewhat hidden, but is clearly directed at Windhorst.
He had attracted attention mainly through his high expectations. When he started out with Berlin, he soon saw international business as an ongoing topic. Winning titles was also anything but a taboo subject.
“In a really difficult time, he delivered everything we agreed,” said Gegenbauer, praising the investor’s keeping his word, especially during the Corona period. However, the president had already emphasized that Windhorst would rather speak about than for the club. A public slap on the fingers that has its reasons.
For irritation also had one RBB– Contribution taken care of. Gegenbauer was surprised that Windhorst had also agreed to speak. It had actually been agreed not to speak out publicly. “Everything was settled, but if one side tries to model it, then I have to be able to tell the members: I am not the president of the investor.”
His criticism also included the reminding of statements about day-to-day sporting business. He also drew a comparison with Klaus-Michael Kühne at Hamburger SV. Such a feeling, because the investor expresses himself about the trainer, is not something you want to allow. Something like that “damages the coach,” said Gegenbauer. “And it damages his investment. That doesn’t make sense. Period.”
The President was also cautious about the announcement that he wanted to invest even more money. He again pointed out the importance of the right communication: the first phase of the cooperation was “great for Hertha, in terms of the inflow, but there was much room for improvement for both sides in terms of public appearance. Then we should first practice the public appearance.” . “