Roland Virkus, sports director of Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach, has defended the separation from ex-coach Adi Hütter.
“We would have had to change more than now so that it works immediately,” said the 55-year-old in an interview with the Rheinische Post. It’s about returning to the values that made the club strong. Virkus sees this opportunity with the new coach Daniel Farke.
“It was always clear to me that we had to be a team in possession. That was also Max Eberl’s goal,” said the native of Mönchengladbach, who succeeded the former successful manager Eberl in the spring.
“Whoever has the ball determines what happens. That’s not all, but that’s what Borussia Mönchengladbach stands for. And we want to be recognizable to the outside world.”
Virkus admitted that the “add-on” under Hütter’s attack pressing was not wrong. However, “in the end, the key question shouldn’t be who starts where, how and when. Otherwise we’re a long way from what we’ve developed here over the years.”
Gladbach: No major upheaval
Despite the changes and challenges that the traditional club is facing, the sports director emphasized that a huge upheaval does not have to take place – it’s more about a few targeted changes. “I think the basic structure is good,” said Virkus.
Under ex-coach Hütter, Borussia ended the past season in a disappointing tenth place in the table – the worst performance since the relegation in 2011.
Despite an upward trend in the last few weeks of the season, the Austrian announced his departure on the last day of the game in front of the television cameras.