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Max Eberl has been Managing Director Sport of Bundesliga football club RB Leipzig since December 1, 2022.
The 49-year-old was previously under contract with Borussia Mönchengladbach, where he was manager and general manager for nearly 14 years and was in charge of the Bas-Rhin side’s sporting fortunes.
And the impression remains that the separation between Max Eberl and Gladbach was not that good.
Max Eberl: “I’m not someone who makes promises that he then has to break”
Eberl now says in an interview with “Kicker” (January 2, 2022) about his departure from Gladbach: “I certainly also made mistakes in this process. At the time, however, I was no longer able to think clearly.
The “biggest pain” for him was the fan project’s insinuation that he had acted.
“I’m an open-minded person and I don’t want politics. It’s a shame that after 23 years at a club that I really enjoyed working for and with which we had a lot of success, I have had to leave through the back door.”
However, Eberl did not say goodbye through the back door on January 28, 2022 at Borussia Park. Instead, he held a resignation press conference at Borussia Park, which was even broadcast live on TV.
In the presence of Borussia president Rolf Königs (81), vice-president Rainer Bonhof (70) and general manager Stephan Schippers (55), Eberl tearfully announced his end of his term in the Fohlen team – despite a long-term contract.
Eberl previously said goodbye to fellow club activists and employees in an emotional speech at Borussia Park.
The native Bavarian had justified the exit from Gladbach by health problems, he was “tired and exhausted”, said Eberl at the time.
Eberl doesn’t talk about a specific medical diagnosis in Kicker’s interview, he says of his current condition, “I’m doing really, really well. The phase from January to now has been extremely important to me as a than anyone and probably the best time of my life. I lived incredibly beautiful, moving and intense moments.
As a manufacturer from Gladbach, Eberl had repeatedly criticized the construction of RB Leipzig and criticized it in no uncertain terms.
Eberl says, among other things, that despite the criticism he is now an employee of the Brause-Klub: “(…) Of course, I also acted polemically at the time because I did not have the opportunities with my club like Leipzig, and that I had the right to fight with my club against the others at the time.”
He had “again and again with appreciation” spoken of “RasenBallsport” and underlined that in Leipzig they not only have money, but also achieve great things with it.
Eberl: “In that respect, it wasn’t an incredibly big change of heart.”
Eberl also comments on the values RB should uphold under his sporting leadership. “I want to stand up for football, ambitions, authenticity, openness and honesty. I want the club to reflect that. But I’ve always seen it that way, so I think the club and I are going very well together. There are clear virtues and clear values, which I also stand for. This is an important aspect of why I chose RB Leipzig.”
Eberl says he has no qualms about becoming active as an RB manager in the future with his former employer in Mönchengladbach when it comes to new staff.
“(…) I have always said: I was sporting director of Borussia Mönchengladbach, I did my best there. Now I am sporting director at RB Leipzig and I will try to make the best transfers here. And as a very good job is still being done in Gladbach, we are also thinking about it. I’m not one to make promises that I have to break later.”
Gladbach chief executive Stephan Schippers recently said in an exclusive GladbachLIVE interview about the Max Eberl case: “That shouldn’t be a problem anymore. Max Eberl has decided to go his own way. He’s done a lot of good things at Borussia Mönchengladbach. Whether as a player, youth or sporting director. We have a new sporting director in Roland Virkus – and now you have to say that we are looking ahead. And not upside down. We wish to Max Eberl every success.
Asked by our editorial staff, Schippers did not comment on the fact that RB Leipzig would have to pay a total of around eight million euros to Borussia for the commitment of Eberl.
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