Mon 19 September 2022 | 15:55

Max Eberl joins RB Leipzig as their sporting director

Max Eberl is set to return to football in December and will work with RB Leipzig as their sporting director. He departed Borussia Monchengladbach 11 months ago.

RB Leipzig

have penned a contract with

Max Eberl

to be their new sporting director as it has been a year since

Markus Krosche

departed that role. He has not been working since he departed

Borussia Monchengladbach

11 months ago as he felt “drained and tired” since he did not have "the strength to carry out the job in the way the club deserves".

His 23-year spell with Borussia was brought to an end back in January as he joined them in 1999 before he was handed the directorial role in 2005.

Leipzig did not have a permanent sporting director for more than a year since Krosche terminated his contract by mutual consent in 2021 after "intensive discussions regarding the club's future".

The role was being filled by Christopher Vivell, Florian Scholz and Frank Aehlig, but Oliver Mintzlaff, the club’s chairman, thinks Eberl is the perfect candidate for taking the role permanently.

"With Max Eberl, we were able to fill the position of managing director for sport with our absolute dream candidate,"

Mintzlaff said.

"We have been dealing with Max for a long time but have always respected his difficult situation and are now very happy to be able to start working together in December.  

"After his press conference in January this year, I got in touch with Max and wished him all the best. After that, I kept trying to get in touch, but Max told me that he needed peace and quiet and wasn't interested in football, but that we could meet up in the summer. That's why I never let go of contact and met him in the summer.

"Here, Max confirmed to me that he finds the perspective with us very interesting, but he did not want to come back before July 1, 2023. But that opened the door a bit for us, and we are now very happy that together with Max we found the starting point of our cooperation for mid-December.

"Max is an absolute football expert and has a large network and an excellent name in the industry both nationally and internationally. For many years in Monchengladbach he showed how you can build something up and find the right solution even for difficult situations.

"He has proven himself both as a transfer expert and as a promoter of talent, achieved a great deal and delivered a successful job."

During the time Eberl was in charge of Gladbach, the club was able to get to higher levels in the Bundesliga and even managed to reach the top-four. One of those times was when Marco Rose was the manager of the club, with the two set to link up again as he became Domenico Tedesco’s replacement this month.

source: SportMob

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