News : Oliver Glasner becomes trainer of Eintracht Frankfurt – Sport
Having led VfL Wolfsburg into the Champions League is the greatest success in Oliver Glasner’s coaching career so far. Now the 46-year-old Austrian is moving to the club that he and his Wolfsburg only left one place in the football Europa League in the final spurt of the previous Bundesliga season: Eintracht Frankfurt signed Glasner on Wednesday as a long-sought-after one Successor of Adi Hütter known.
Frankfurt is “an exciting club that has made great progress over the past few years,” said the coach in support of the reason. “The emotionality in the city and the region around Eintracht is great.” Glasner terminated his contract in Wolfsburg, which originally ran until 2022, on Wednesday. He tied himself to his league rivals for the next three years. Eintracht has to pay VfL a transfer fee for this, but neither club wanted to comment on the amount.
This means that the third change of coach within the Bundesliga this summer is perfect: Marco Rose is moving from Borussia Mönchengladbach to Borussia Dortmund, the previous Frankfurt Adi Hütter will follow him in Gladbach. The favorite for the Glasner successor in Wolfsburg is the former Bayern professional Mark van Bommel, who coached the Dutch top club PSV Eindhoven until December 2019.
“Over the past two years at VfL Wolfsburg, Oliver Glasner has proven that he is able to work at the absolute top level and to further develop young players,” said Frankfurt board spokesman Axel Hellmann.
With these key personnel, Eintracht is continuing its major upheaval this summer. Because before that, Markus Krösche from RB Leipzig inherited Fredi Bobic, who was moving to Hertha BSC, in the important post of sports director. The previous squad planner Ben Manga is promoted to director of professional football for Bruno Huebner. Also on Wednesday, the Frankfurters signed the Krösche confidante Timmo Hardung as the new head of the licensed players department.
The only question now is whether Eintracht will also lose top players like André Silva. “In our situation with a high staff turnover around the team, we deliberately relied on a coach with experience from the Bundesliga and international competition,” said Hellmann. The fact that Glasner leaves Wolfsburg despite qualifying for the Champions League is only surprising at first glance. Because his lack of commitment to staying and an apparently strained relationship with sports director Jörg Schmadtke made the very successful cooperation more and more difficult.
According to a statement from VfL, the coach “approached the club management with the wish to switch to Frankfurt Eintracht for the new season.” Jörg Schmadtke is also quoted in it: “We would like to thank Oliver Glasner for two successful years and wish him all the best.”
Glasner came to Wolfsburg in 2019 as the successor to Bruno Labbadia. He had previously led Linz ASK in Austria from the second division to the Europa League. With a Europa League place in the first and the Champions League qualification in the second year, Glasner’s time at the Volkswagen Club was very successful. The Austrian has a very clear idea of how his teams should play and a very detailed way of working, with which he also communicates this to his players. Professionals like Maximilian Arnold, Wout Weghorst, Ridle Baku or Maxence Lacroix made a big leap in performance under him in Wolfsburg.