Union Berlin: Bo Svensson apparently to be new coach

Union Berlin: Bo Svensson apparently to be new coach

The search for a coach at 1. FC Union Berlin is apparently over. The big favorite takes over the position.

According to a media report, the Dane Bo Svensson will be the new head coach of 1. FC Union Berlin. The 44-year-old’s commitment should be announced this week, the pay-TV channel Sky reported on Thursday morning. Svensson would succeed Nenad Bjelica, who was released shortly before the end of the season, and interim coach Marco Grote.

Since the Bundesliga was saved at the last minute, the former professional footballer was considered the Berliners’ preferred candidate, who had only announced Horst Heldt as the new managing director of professional football on Tuesday. As Sky reported, Svensson and Heldt are said to have met for final talks on Wednesday.

Bo Svensson is supposed to get Union Berlin on track

Svensson coached FSV Mainz 05 until 2023 and was already considered a potential successor after Urs Fischer left. Oliver Ruhnert, who is becoming Union’s chief scout again at his own request, had extremely positive comments about Svensson at the weekend. “Why shouldn’t Bo Svensson fit in with Union? He worked really successfully in Mainz and is an experienced and committed Bundesliga coach. I think that could be a good fit,” said Ruhnert on the TV station Welt TV.

Svensson takes over the Köpenick team almost at their sporting low point. After a nerve-wracking season with a long series of defeats, two coaching changes and the Bundesliga rescue at the last minute, the unsettled team lacks self-confidence. The collective unity and will through which the Berliners have left significantly better teams behind them individually in recent years have only rarely been evident in recent times.

The Dane almost became a teacher

The Dane is considered smart, empathetic and someone who questions his own behavior rather than that of his players. After retiring as an active professional footballer in 2014, he actually wanted to study and “perhaps work as a teacher with young people,” as Svensson once reported. But his compatriot Kasper Hjulmand brought him into the Mainz 05 coaching staff. Ten years later, Svensson arrived in the capital.

Source: Stern

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