The soccer coach Marco Rose, 45, new to RB Leipzig since Thursday, doesn't look like someone who needs grace periods or other forms of protection at first glance. Rather the opposite. But his new boss Oliver Mintzlaff, 47, was keen to emphasize that Rose, as the new Leipzig coach, does not have to worry too much about the results in the first games.
He has no concrete expectations, said the RB managing director on Thursday at Rose's presentation. Mintzlaff spelled it out: "No one's going to hear me talk about a crappy start after two games." Mintzlaff was paraphrasing himself, because he had chosen exactly these words after the second Bundesliga match day - and thus set a dynamic in motion that ended on Wednesday with coach Domenico Tedesco's leave of absence.
This separation is a pity, said Mintzlaff and weaved a pretty verbal mourning wreath for the ex-wife: Tedesco, 36, is a "very good" coach who will certainly soon be back in the league. Mintzlaff sounded almost resolute, especially when he reported on a visit to the dressing room on Wednesday and explained in detail how he had held the team responsible there. Mintzlaff said that he himself had something to do with Tedesco's farewell, but he said very clearly to the players that the leave of absence was "also on their account", emphasized the boss.
It is not known how the team reacted to this offloading of responsibility. Nor whether the players had noticed a few weeks ago, which Mintzlaff also reveals: He said that negative tendencies had already been seen at the end of last season and that Tedesco's work had begun to be viewed critically - i.e. around the time of the big celebrated DFB Cup victory, when Mintzlaff wanted to extend the contracts of the coaching team prematurely.
Another message from the boss was less subtle, which was primarily aimed at the RB kickers who were latently suspected of being "I AG". A more than man-high cardboard replica of the DFB Cup, which stands in front of the training center in Leipzig and commemorates the first triumph in RB history, is dismantled again: "The big thing is going away now. So that everyone knows: It's ours again Bread and butter business; the Bundesliga, qualifying for the Champions League! Try to win every game!"
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Mintzlaff celebrated the fact that this should now succeed under the direction of coach Rose as "fortunate coincidence" - for many reasons, of which the fact that Rose was born in Leipzig is not the smallest. While Mintzlaff likes to gossip ("He's the perfect fit"), Rose smiles, that creates closeness: "I identify very strongly with Leipzig. It's never easy to hold such a high-profile position in your hometown. People expect a lot from the club and then of course from me," said Rose.
But he will not only feel comfortable at RB because of his local roots. But also because he has already worked extensively in the RB cosmos. Rose worked in the youth team at RB Salzburg from 2013 to 2017, then he took over the professional team there and won two Austrian championship titles. Most recently he was with Borussia Dortmund, and BVB will be the first opponent of the Rose era on Saturday, which is initially estimated until 2024. Then it's off to Mönchengladbach via a stopover at Real Madrid - directly to Rose's next former club.
He was a coach there from 2017 to 2019, alongside the then manager Max Eberl, whom Mintzlaff would soon like to welcome as the new sports director in Leipzig - to Rose's delight: "It's an open secret that the club is trying to get Max. I would be very happy if that worked. Then I would have a man by my side who would do me and us good," he said.
Mintzlaff did not reveal any new details about the second key personnel, the picture wrote on Thursday that Gladbach currently only knows that "Eberl still likes to travel around the world with his girlfriend (...) and enjoys his time off". Whether Eberl, wherever, looks at Rose's debut is open. Rose himself is optimistic: "The team is good, it's even excellent. Everything you need is there."