'Exhausted' Eberl makes shock exit from Gladbach
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On the Move
'Exhausted' Eberl makes shock exit from Gladbach
by Jonathan Rest

Max Eberl has left Borussia Mönchengladbach with immediate effect, ending a 23-year career with the Bundesliga club.

There’s a very simple reason why I can’t work anymore. Because I’m just exhausted, because I’m tired, because I don’t have the strength anymore to do this job as this job needs, as this club needs it.
Max Eberl
Sporting Director, Borussia Mönchengladbach

The 48-year-old confirmed his shock resignation in an emotional press conference on January 28. A search for his successor is already under way.

 

Eberl (pictured) has been Gladbach's Sporting Director since October 2008, and his current contract, signed in late 2020, was not due to expire until the end of the 2025-26 season.

 

However he told German media: “There’s a very simple reason why I can’t work anymore. Because I’m just exhausted, because I’m tired, because I don’t have the strength anymore to do this job as this job needs, as this club needs it.”

 

Gladbach have had four top four finishes in the last decade, largely thanks to Eberl's work in the transfer market, with the likes of Marco Reus, Andre Ter Stegen and Granit Xhaka all discovered and sold on for a large profit.

 

However, the club finished a disappointing 8th in 2020-21, and sit 12th this season, just three points above the relegation, under new coach Adi Hütter.

 

Eberl played for Gladbach between 1999 and 2004, when he retired to become Academy Manager. In 2008 he was promoted to Sports Director, succeeding former Germany international Christian Ziege.

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