“Then you also need to get a ball possession coach”

Adi Hütter and Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach have amicably parted ways after just one year together. With a little distance, the Austrian gave free rein to his dissatisfaction with the different views in Gladbach.

Tenth place in the Bundesliga and the associated non-qualification for one of the international competitions is the meager result of Adi Hütter’s season at Borussia Mönchengladbach. The high expectations that were attached to the trainer, not least because of the transfer fee of 7.5 million euros, could not be met at all.

At “Hello TV” Hütter explained how the end in Gladbach finally came about: “It was important for me that this separation went the way I imagined it. We have had discussions and have come to the conclusion that we are going our separate ways. It was an amicable split because I could already sense that the club was going in a different direction with the way they want to play.”

Like his predecessor Marco Rose, Adi Hütter prefers attack pressing. After the resignation of manager Max Eberl, the new sporting leadership around Roland Virkus wanted to return to possession football, which had previously been practiced on the Lower Rhine. Ultimately, that idea no longer matched that of Hütter.

Eberl-Aus “unpleasant”, public criticism “extraordinary”

Hütter sees his statement that Gladbach actually prefers possession football, although “not critical at all”. But: “Then you have to say clearly: Then you also have to get a ball possession coach. That’s not me. That’s why there were problems.”

According to Hütter, the problems with the foals had already begun in the transfer summer of 2021. At that time, the players who were “actually considered and promised” and would have fitted well with the game philosophy were not committed. Ultimately, Max Eberl’s surprising resignation from Adi Hütter “cost a lot of energy”, the whole situation “was very uncomfortable”.

The 52-year-old was also surprised by the sometimes public criticism of some players over the course of the season: “In Gladbach it was quite unusual that a lot was made public and could be read in the newspaper. I didn’t know that before.”

Hütter does not currently have a new coaching job in mind, rather he is currently looking forward to the break. Meanwhile, Borussia Mönchengladbach presented Daniel Farke as his successor at the end of June.

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