Sporting director Bruno Hübner will bring his successful spell at Eintracht Frankfurt to an end when his contract expires on 30 June 2021. The 60-year-old started at Eintracht in summer 2011, when the club was in Bundesliga 2, and led the Eagles to immediate promotion back to the top flight. In the period that followed, he has overseen three UEFA Europa League campaigns and two DFB Cup finals, including the biggest success of the last 30 years: the cup win in 2018.
“When I joined Eintracht from Duisburg in 2011, I was very excited about the challenge,” reflected Hübner. “As someone from Hesse who’s surrounded by Eintracht, it’s something quite special. The past years have been characterised by successful cooperation and a strong development of Eintracht Frankfurt. It makes me proud that I’ve been here to be a part of it. The fantastic fans and the great atmosphere will stay with me more than anything. We’ve been able to rely on them every step of the way.”
It makes me proud that I’ve been here to be a part of it. The fantastic fans and the great atmosphere will stay with me more than anything.Sporting director Bruno Hübner
Hübner was already thinking of winding down from this summer when he extended his contract in 2018. “I spoke with Fredi Bobic about my future at the time and we deliberately agreed on this length of contract,” he said. “I wanted to step back a bit at 60.”
Board member Fredi Bobic said: “Bruno Hübner has shaped Eintracht over the last decade with the work he’s done. His coaching appointments have played a big part in that. Not only did he make the right decision with Armin Veh in 2011, but he then took a chance on Niko Kovac during the relegation battle in 2016, a brave decision at the time which turned out perfectly. We’d already agreed in 2018 to consider a new direction in this position going forward, and we’ve had open and constructive discussions about that throughout the last few weeks. Bruno will remain a friend of Eintracht in the future and will always be a welcome guest.”
Hübner concluded: “For me the focus is now on the three months ahead. I want to put all my strength and energy into making sure that we conclude what has been such a good and successful season so far as positively as possible. Qualification for European competition would be a particularly nice send-off. After that, I will continue to remain emotionally attached to Eintracht.”