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Hertha Berlin fire Jos Luhukay, John Brooks to get new manager

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John Brooks will have a new manager at Hertha Berlin after the club fired Jos Luhukay on Thursday. The club's 1-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen, which dropped Hertha into the relegation zone, was the last strike for Luhukay.

Luhukay took over as Hertha manager in 2012 and helped the club get promoted to the Bundesliga. He is the only manager Brooks has played for with the first team, first in the 2.Bundesliga and then in the top flight.

The relationship with Brooks and Luhukay hasn't always been smooth. While Luhukay was very high on Brooks to begin with, he has said that Brooks needed to mature, and he had good reason. Last season, Brooks got a back tattoo that he couldn't sweat on, ruling himself out for a week. Then in September, Luhukay sent Brooks to train with the reserves after some issues, but Brooks worked his way back to the first team and the manager praised his play and growth of late.

It's unclear where Hertha will go from here and how that will impact Brooks. Pal Dardai, who used to play for the club, has been named the interim manager, but Hertha are looking for a permanent replacement to keep them from suffering relegation and there are no hints yet as to what direction they will go.