Some coach Adi Hütter footballers from Borussia of Menhengladbach. in the locker room shortly after the last match of the season, they announced that they were retreating after only one season, and they clapped when they stood up. You can interpret it one way or another. Hütter described it as “an emotional moment I like to take with me.”
There wasn’t much reason for Hütter to call the “applause as a team reaction” during the season. Gladbach finishes the worst round in eleven years and at the end of the season looks different than at the beginning – like a beaten boxer.
That Gladbach a year ago for Hütter 7.5 million Eintracht Frankfurt paid and the money is gone, it doesn’t matter anymore. The club has lost more than money in twelve months: a connection to the best teams, sympathy among its fans and a certain position in the industry that emerged when Borussia recalled two requested (unnamed) sports directors in February, after the manager. Max Eberl resigned. The fact that Menchengladbach has no short-term perspective may have been influenced by Eberl’s resignation and Hütter’s farewell.
When boxer Gladbach was not beaten a year ago but dreamed of noble goals, manager Eberl and new coach Hütter agreed on the necessary changes to the team. Center defender Matthias Ginter recently revealed that he was told at the time he wanted to sell it. It disappointed him. His relationship with coach Hütter seemed to be disrupted from the start.
Great moments like a 5-0 win over FC Bayern cannot change a bad record
On Saturday in the final match of the season with Hoffenheim (5: 1), Ginter was exiled on a reserve bench five years later in a farewell match with Gladbach. It was a slap. He received humiliating whistles from supporters when he changed ten minutes before. Communicating with him alone gives an idea of how little harmony there should have been in the team.
“It wasn’t easy from day one,” says Hütter retrospectively. but many things fail, and many things fail. “
Last season, the almost collectively shocked team led by coach Marco Rose, contrary to plan, stayed together and failed to gain new strength under Hütter. Sternstunden, like a 5: 0 victory over Bayern Munich and a 2: 1 victory at the start of the second half of the season in Munich, could not change that. Two defeats 6: 0 against Freiburg and Dortmund revealed how rotten Gladbach had become. “The bitter losses hurt me, it really couldn’t be with this team,” Hütter concludes. “After the defeat in Stuttgart,” he said of the slip into the abyss on the 25th day of the match, “the situation was very awkward.”
The point of the collapsed season was Eberlo’s withdrawal from late January
He apologized to fans on Saturday: “I’m sorry we couldn’t live up to expectations.” Addressing the club, he said, “I don’t want to disturb anyone.” The separation is certainly not harmonious, but still friendly.
The point of the collapsed season was Eberlo’s withdrawal from late January. The manager was glue at the club, was Hütter’s lawyer and also important to the players. “The situation with Max Eberl struck me, no doubt,” says Hütter. Suddenly he had almost no ally in the club. His last sentence made sense to those in charge of the club: “Thanks for the respectful communication, it was not easy for Roland Virkas either.” It sounded like a polite paraphrase describing an irreparable relationship with Eberley’s heir.
Gladbach will continue to change following the recent metamorphosis. The new coach – returning Lucien Favre or Daniel Farke under consideration – has to put together a new team. Players like Yann Sommer, John Hofmann, Alassane Plea, Marcus Thuram and Ramy Bensebaini are threatened with departure. Funding for established professionals is limited. A complete renovation awaits Gladbach. Favre already had eleven years ago …