Marco Rose first had to briefly explain to the Scottish translator and the local journalists in the squatted press room of Celtic Park who Max Eberl is. No one knows great outside the Bundesliga. After the 2-0 win in the Champions League, the cheerful coach of RB Leipzig took over the interpreter himself and translated his own statements almost simultaneously.
Eberl is of course no stranger to the Bundesliga. On the day of the match, RB Leipzig’s new head of sport was at the team hotel in Glasgow for the first time with RB Leipzig’s entourage, and later watched the game from the front row of the VIP box. First alone, then club boss Oliver Mintzlaff joined him. Eberl carefully followed the intense game for a long time, but was ultimately pleased with his new boss’s success.
Eberl already has an apartment in Leipzig
Rose, who appreciates Eberl from his Gladbach days together, reported hours before the game after a cup of coffee with his future boss that the 49-year-old had already found an apartment in Leipzig, with the coach also offering advice himself. “I was happy to see him. I’m glad he’s here, he’s going to start soon,” Rose announced. “It will certainly do us good.”
After the hasty resignation of planner Christopher Vivell, Eberl is expected to start earlier than — as previously planned — on December 15. Privately could also play a role: according to Bild newspaper, the manager would have separated from his girlfriend Sedrina Schaller, who was assistant team manager at Borussia Mönchengladbach.
RB assures Max Eberl full sporting sovereignty
As the Sport-Bild (print) reports, Eberl will soon be coming to Leipzig to introduce himself to the staff and attend a Bundesliga match at the Red Bull Arena. As the new sports director, he would have contractually guaranteed full sovereignty over professionals, women, young talent and team planning.
He could get support from Nils Schmadtke. The son of the outgoing Wolfsburg sports director is currently head of the scouting department of the “wolves” and is a candidate to inherit Vivell, Sport-Bild writes. Eberl already worked with Schmadtke junior at Borussia Mönchengladbach.