Bayern Munich name new sporting director as overhaul begins

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Bayern Munich have appointed Max Eberl as their new sporting director, months after he was sacked as RB Leipzig's managing director for sport.

Eberl, a former Bayern player, has joined on a contract until June 2027 and will take charge on March 1, the club said on Monday.

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The 50-year-old served as the director of sport at Borussia Monchengladbach for 14 years before joining Leipzig in 2022. Leipzig sacked him in September after reports linked him with a move to Bayern, who are struggling in their bid to win a 12th straight Bundesliga title.

"It is a great joy to come back after 30 years, the joy of returning home," Eberl, who will become board member for sport, told a news conference in Munich.

"The goal is in these three months to get the most out of the season. It is unusual to be in the chasing role eight points behind in the league."

"We are also on the back foot in the Champions League but that also is not impossible to turn around. Maybe even win a title. You never know."

The Bavarians, who last week decided to part ways with coach Thomas Tuchel at the end of the season following a bad run, are eight points behind leaders Bayer Leverkusen in the league.

"There is a lot of speculation at the moment [on the next coach] but these are talks and thoughts that we need to make calmly. We have to find a fitting coach for Bayern and then the fitting players for our club and our coach," Eberl said.

"For us it is about finding the right coach for Bayern."