RB Leipzig leaves Christopher Vivell . free

Christopher Vivell is no longer responsible for planning squads and personnel at RB Leipzig. As the club announced at 12:00, the technical director is Thursday “fired with immediate effect”.

After Ralf Rangnick and Markus Krösche, Vivell is the third sports manager at RB in three years to resign.

The firing of Christopher Vivell also surprised many RB employees

RB only gave “different opinions” as the reason for the divorce, which was also surprising to club employees. It was initially unclear what exactly it was about.

The decision comes very suddenly. Vivell had been to public training on Thursday and did not appear to be on a farewell visit. In the afternoon there was a consultation between the team leaders about how to deal with the injury of Peter Gulacsi.

Media reports: Was Vivell in talks with Chelsea?

Vivell was responsible for medium- and long-term planning at RB, but took over his duties in the absence of a sporting director. Born in Karlsruhe, he made his name as the discoverer of wonder striker Erling Haaland at Red Bull Salzburg and moved to RB Leipzig in the summer of 2020.

Lately, tensions between Vivell and other members of sporting leadership have also been apparent from the outside in transfer decisions such as Timo Werner’s deployment.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano tweeted that Vivell’s conversation with Chelsea could be a reason for the surprise ending. Vivell met with Chelsea FC a few days ago and is running for the role of sports director in London.

Matt Law, a journalist for the Daily Telegraph, reported that Vivell will become Chelsea FC’s technical director. The club has met him on several occasions, most recently at a meeting in London on Tuesday.

It is unclear whether Vivell’s sudden departure is also related to Max Eberl’s accession to the throne. “We need to discuss exactly what the collaboration will look like, how he sees my role, how we position ourselves”Vivell said recently on the Kicker meets DAZN podcast.

What role does Max Eberl play in saying goodbye to Vivell?

In principle, he had expressed a positive opinion about Eberl’s taking up office, also because he would have been able to work more in his core business.

“I think he brings us a lot. He has a lot of experience, he has always been in the Bundesliga, he went through many crises and celebrated many successes, made very good transfers”Vivell said.

Until the new head of sports Max Eberl takes office in mid-December, the 35-year-old’s duties will be taken over by previous managers Oliver Mintzlaff, Florian Scholz and Frank Aehlig.

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