Kay Bernstein, the new President of Hertha BSC, senses a spirit of optimism after his election. And he hints at changes.
Kay Bernstein greeted in his blue Hertha jacket with a friendly “Ha Ho He” and even showed a green thumb when the new president outlined his vision for the capital club Hertha BSC, which has been in trouble for so long. Every Herthaner must now be “given a watering can so that this little plant of hope blooms in the ditch of turmoil and we take our energy from it for the tasks ahead”.
The coming months should show exactly what the former Ultra and hopefuls newly elected on Sunday have in mind for the Berliners. As Bernstein explained in the ZDF morning show on Thursday, the Presidium will now “go underground” for 100 days and “concentrate on the essential things”. It is now about “that we become a team in the Presidium”.
“We have more construction sites than the city of Berlin”
The supervisory board, office, head of sports Fredi Bobic and investor Lars Windhorst: everyone should be on board. “We have more construction sites than the city of Berlin,” says Bernstein. Bernstein wants to leave the trench warfare, which almost cost the club the Bundesliga affiliation, behind very quickly. He wants to bring together what broke under his predecessor Werner Gegenbauer, who resigned in May.
And then? After the 100 days, which will be over in early October, the Bundesliga is already up and running again when Bernstein plans to publish an initial inventory. When asked about possible changes for fans visiting the stadium, he explicitly did not rule them out. “It’s a question of how we’re going to do it with the presidency in the next few weeks,” he said, “but I do think that something can and will change in one place or another.” Among other things, it is interesting how he positions himself on controversial issues such as pyrotechnics.
“It’s polarizing for me now because it’s the lead singer and the ex-capo,” said Bernstein on Sky: “I’m not an ultra, but that was part of my character, part of my life, part of my values too – Culture.” The term ultra is very negative in public – the predominantly positive aspects, such as social commitment and fundraising, are not appreciated enough.
Bernstein wants to be “closer” to Hertha President
Overall, he will be an “approachable” president, Bernstein affirmed, and will talk to fans to understand the “point of view of the curve.” “The desire for closeness and coming together is huge at all levels. I can set an example and I will set an example,” said the 41-year-old.
To call the head of a Berlin marketing agency, who once co-founded the ultra group Harlekins ’98, a fan president would probably be too short-sighted.
His election, in which he defeated the CDU politician Frank Steffel with 54 percent, was a “vote by the members for a new start in terms of content”. Of course, he also doesn’t want to forget those who didn’t vote for him. It’s important to reach out to them so that, if I wish, I could possibly be a president for all Herthaners.”