Max Eberl explained his departure from Borussia Mönchengladbach highly emotionally with deep tiredness and mental exhaustion.
“I have to go out and take care of the man Max Eberl,” said the long-time Gladbach sports director during a press conference scheduled at short notice on Friday.
Eberl lamented in tears that he was “a good example of what’s happening in the world right now.” He had been in reasonable discussions with the club for weeks: What is then “made of it within 24 hours, these speculations are exactly what makes me sick. I’m exhausted and tired and can no longer work.” He wanted to “get out of this mill”, which was the reason for his break in Switzerland a year ago.
There is no hurt pride, no anger, no frustration: “Max Eberl alone is exhausted and tired. I’m ending something that was my life, which gave me a lot of joy and fun. Football is my life. It was fun not there lately.”
Max Eberl wants “nothing to do with football at the moment”
He found painfully that things were “going in the wrong direction”. Rumors about an imminent change of club are therefore nonsense: “I just don’t want to have anything to do with football at the moment, I just want to see the world and just be Max Eberl. I’m thinking of myself for the first time.”
Eberl joined Borussia as a professional in January 1999, took over the post of sports director in October 2008 and led Gladbach to the Champions League three times. Eberl was the longest-serving manager in the Bundesliga after Michael Zorc (Borussia Dortmund) and Rudi Völler (Bayer Leverkusen).
The club wants to decide on a successor plan in peace. Any transfers that may be pending at short notice would initially be settled jointly in the team, said Vice President Rainer Bonhof.