Borussia Mönchengladbach have announced that Eintracht Frankfurt boss Adi Hütter will become the club's new head coach at the end of the season.
Following the announcement of Marco Rose's decision to leave for Borussia Dortmund in the summer, Die Fohlen fans were left guessing as to who would replace him. Now that Hütter's upcoming arrival has been confirmed, the club can start looking ahead and preparing for the future.
The Austrian has signed a three-year deal with the North Rhine-Westphalia side.
Eberl delighted with Hütter
Gladbach's Sporting Director Max Eberl spoke very highly of the Austrian, and seemed very pleased with his appointment.
He told the club website: "We’re delighted that Adi Hütter has agreed to join us."
“He is the best coach to take on the challenges and goals that we have as a team and as a club from summer and beyond.”
Hütter's managerial career
The 51-year-old started his senior coaching career in his homeland with SC Rheindorf Altach between 2009-2012. He had the club challenging for promotion but always seemed to come up short, finishing third and second in his two full seasons in charge.
He then moved on to fellow Austrian side SV Grödig, whom he sealed top-flight promotion with in his first season. This was an outstanding achievement due to the club's small infrastructure, putting the manager on the map.
After two years, Hütter joined Red Bull Salzburg. His first challenge would come early in his tenure; the task of taking them to the UEFA Champions League. Since Red Bull's takeover nine years earlier, Salzburg had never made it to the group stages of Europe's elite club competition.
In previous years, the likes of Valencia, Shakhtar Donetsk, Maccabi Haifa, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Dudelange, and Fenerbahçe had all shattered Salzburg's dreams in the qualifying rounds. After getting past Qarabağ in the third round, Hütter's challenge was to overcome Swedish giants Malmö, and there was hope that their dream could finally become a reality. However, it wasn’t to be. The Swedes overturned a 2-1 first-leg deficit and won 3-0 at home to continue Salzburg’s Champions League curse.
Hütter only spent a year at Salzburg despite winning a domestic double. This was mainly due to him being unhappy as the club's status as a feeder club of sorts meant that key players were lost across the season, most notably Sadio Mané to Southampton and Kevin Kampl to Dortmund.
BSC Young Boys was the Austrian's next project. In 2018, he guided the Swiss club to their first league title since 1986 before then joining Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer.
Hütter led the club to the UEFA Europa League semi-finals and to within four points of a top-four finish in his debut campaign. Die Adler finished ninth last season, but they are flying this time around, currently in fourth with Champions League qualification looking increasingly likely.
Style of play
Gladbach fans can likely expect a 3-4-3 system under their new head coach. The Austrian has played this formation for all but one game this season, with Hütter preferring attacking wing-backs who push to provide depth higher up the pitch.