In a fairly open conversation, Max Eberl put the subject of Marco Rose to the files. The sports director of Borussia presented himself on a clear course of reconciliation with the supporters.
During the Gladbach training camp in the Klosterpforte hotel complex in Harsewinkel-Marienfeld, Gladbach’s sports director Max Eberl spoke in detail about the past season and in particular about the emotionally charged time around the announced change of the meanwhile former coach Marco Rose to BVB.
Eberl also explained why he took a four-week break at the turn of the year, which in the end “ended after two and a half weeks”.
You can find the 90-minute contribution here. We have summarized some key messages for you.
“The last few years have been extremely successful for us, but you have always been energized and energized. Unfortunately, I missed celebrating one or two successes. I was already in the duties of the the following season. My thoughts were always on this one day. This break was important to reposition myself, “said the 47-year-old in an interview with the podcast Talked to of the Gladbach fan blog Thoughtful.
But even the short break did not give Eberl the “godlike strength” necessary to convince Rose to stay with Borussia. Ultimately, the project also failed due to different understandings of identification.
“I want everyone who chooses us to show their commitment to Borussia. I identify very strongly with this club, and I expect that from the players and those responsible. They should get involved with the club, its history and the club People know – what defines this club. I know that football has become faster, but identification is something I value. We want to remain predictable. I think that’s what brings people back to football more after Corona “, the sports director described his approach.
The fact that Marco Rose decided to take the next step instead of continuing on the path at Borussia did not leave Eberl unaffected.
“It was also disappointing for me that Marco made this decision. We had three very emotional conversations in which we also cried – but that didn’t change the decision,” revealed Eberl.
“In the end you have to say that he didn’t necessarily live the identification he preached at the beginning. He decided on the supposedly bigger club, where he felt for himself, more likely to become German champions I said to Marco: ‘You are such a good guy. Stay here, finish here next year. Because getting into the Champions League with Gladbach is a bigger success than finishing second with Dortmund. ‘ It didn’t help. And yet I really appreciate Marco Rose as a person. We parted for good, “said Eberl, describing the process at that time in refreshing detail.
The fact that he was attacked hard by parts of the fans due to the tension at the time was only able to better understand the Gladbach-based maker later for various reasons.
A popular line of argument concerns the lack of spectators at the time. According to many fans, a full park could have resulted in an early separation from Rose or caused a difficult time for those responsible. But Eberl turned the argument around.
“Without the fans in the stadium, who could have let out their frustration at this situation, it was possibly even more difficult for us. So I only understood the emotions and disappointment more afterwards. My daring thesis: If Marco Rose would have one permanently full Borussia Park, we could all have made sure that he stayed. Maybe I couldn’t get this identification across to him on my own, “said Eberl, humbly as usual.
The headwind that prevailed at the time in the direction of his person was not hidden from the manager.
“That was very emotional and hit me. I always understood: Max we trust you, but the coach has to go. That was a contradiction for me,” admitted Eberl and insisted on an outbreak at the time To put picture.
After a voice message circulated through the social networks, in which there was talk of outbursts of anger in the dressing room and a break between the departing Rose and some players, Eberl burst his collar at a press conference. The Gladbach-based maker used the word “dull cheeks” – which many followers found nasty.
“People who are critical and sympathetic towards Borussia were not meant. It was about the author of the voice message at the time, which all fans probably heard. Not the people who put forward good arguments or who looked critically at the matter. I’m dying often for defending what we have built here, “Eberl concluded.
With this, the topic of Rose should be declared surprisingly openly as ended and the fans should be able to identify more with their sports director again.