April 13, 2024


BERLIN: Stung by the prospect of a primary season and not using a main trophy for 12 years, Bayern Munich appointed Max Eberl as their new sporting director to supervise a significant shakeup.


The Bavarian powerhouse mentioned on Monday the 50-year-old Eberl signed a contract by means of June 2027 and can start on Friday. He was to seem at a press convention with membership president Herbert Hainer and chief government Jan-Christian Dreesen on Tuesday.


Eberl will probably be charged with rejuvenating a group that has misplaced its aura of dominance and not demonstrates the assured perception it used to as the very best in Germany.


“Not solely does he have a long time of expertise in soccer administration, however he additionally began taking part in soccer at FC Bayern and have become an expert right here,” Hainer mentioned. “We’re satisfied that he’ll efficiently kind and form the way forward for this membership.”


Eberl, a former proper again, made just one Bundesliga look for Bayern in October 1991, when he was substituted off at halftime in a 3-2 loss at Stuttgart.


He went to Bochum in January 1994, performed for Greuther Fürth for 3½ seasons, then joined Borussia Mönchengladbach to begin a 23-year affiliation with the membership.


After ending his taking part in profession, Eberl loved success because the sporting director at Gladbach from 2008 till he give up abruptly in January 2022, citing burnout. He began at Leipzig in the identical function eight months later however was fired final September for “his failure to decide to the membership.”


At Leipzig, Eberl led a rebuild that noticed established gamers like Josko Gvardiol and Dominik Szoboszlai depart for large sums, whereas younger abilities like Loïs Openda and Paris Saint-Germain loanee Xavi Simons arrived to star this season.


Eberl’s alleged lack of dedication to Leipzig doubtless needed to do with the hypothesis linking him with Bayern, the place his work in a managerial capability at Gladbach had lengthy been admired.


Eberl was already a goal for Bayern earlier than it appointed Hasan Salihamidzic as sporting director in 2017.


Salihamidzic was fired hours after Bayern clinched the league title final season, together with chief government Oliver Kahn. Each males paid the value for the issues that Eberl will probably be anticipated to handle.


Bayern received the Bundesliga final season solely as a result of Borussia Dortmund squandered their probability on the ultimate day. The choice to axe Kahn and Salihamidzic was taken earlier, after a season by which the group’s decline had been plain to see.


Former chief monetary officer Jan-Christian Dreesen took over as CEO and Bayern employed former Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund to take over from Salihamidzic, although he didn’t begin formally till Sept. 1, and wasn’t concerned in the summertime switch enterprise.


Eberl and Freund will probably be anticipated to work collectively, with a precedence being the hiring of a brand new coach following Bayern’s resolution to not proceed with Thomas Tuchel subsequent season after the group misplaced three video games in a row.


Tuchel mentioned on Friday he wasn’t the “solely drawback” at Bayern and his employers had been unable to contradict him over the weekend.


“If FC Bayern loses 3 times in a row, then all of us need to query ourselves; the group, the coach, we in administration, we do it as nicely, it’s not in query in any respect,” Hainer mentioned Saturday. “However you will note, we are going to draw the precise evaluation and conclusions and do the precise factor.”


Requested why Bayern had labored their manner by means of three extremely regarded German coaches in Tuchel, Julian Nagelsmann and Hansi Flick since 2021, Hainer replied that the calls for at Bayern had been very excessive and there was fixed strain to do nicely.


“However I imagine that on the finish of the day, the components for fulfillment at FC Bayern is that we’re by no means happy with the place we’re, after which we proceed to maneuver ahead,” Hainer mentioned.


Bayer Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso – a former Bayern participant – is the favourite as Tuchel’s alternative, although former Actual Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane and Stuttgart’s Sebastian Hoeneß have additionally been linked. The latter is the nephew of Bayern honorary president Uli Hoeneß and has led Stuttgart to 3rd place within the Bundesliga after saving it from relegation final season.


Hainer positioned the onus on the brand new coach for fulfillment by saying the Bayern squad is “not un-coachable.”


Eberl will probably be beneath strain from the beginning.