He can no longer, he no longer wants to. With tears, manager Max Eberl (48) announced his retirement as manager of Borussia Mönchengladbach – due to health problems.
His statement at the dramatic press conference gives an idea of what things are like in Eberl. “I’m exhausted, tired, have no strength left,” he admitted: “I just want to get out. I don’t want anything to do with this football right now.”
After 13 years in a managerial position, the high workload and the ongoing public pressure were obviously too much for Eberl. Eberl had already taken a break in December 2020 – and then “bounced very hard in football reality”. Now he “simply doesn’t want to have any responsibility, just be Max Eberl.”
Eberl is by no means the first case of this kind in professional football. Even before him, some prominent players and officials had to struggle with mental stress.
In September 2011, the Schalke coach at the time surprisingly resigned after half a year. Burnout! Rangnick felt “currently not in a position to muster the strength and energy” because of “an exhaustion syndrome”. He later gave the stress and poor diet as reasons for this. After a ten-month break, he returned and became sports director at Red Bull Salzburg. Rangnick is now acting manager at Manchester United.
The former super talent, who switched from Hertha BSC to Bayern in 2002, had to take a five-month break in the 2003/04 season due to depression. In January 2007, at the age of just 27, he announced the end of his career. The then Bayern manager Uli Hoeneß reported in 2019 that Deisler had come to him every evening at the training camp in Dubai to have long conversations. He said to him again and again: “Mr. Hoeneß, that’s no longer possible, I can’t do it anymore.” Deisler has avoided the public since resigning.
The former national goalkeeper has suffered from severe depression since 2003 and has received psychiatric treatment several times during his professional career – which, however, only became public after his death. During this period he was active for FC Barcelona, Fenerbahce, CD Tenerife and most recently Hannover 96. Enke was repeatedly absent from some games due to his illness, but other illnesses or injuries were officially stated. On November 10, 2009, Enke committed suicide at a level crossing. A shock for German football, which started a big discussion about public pressure on professionals. However, his widow Teresa always emphasized that this was not the reason for her husband.
The ex-goalkeeper switched from Karlsruher SC to Hannover 96 in 2010, but was not used in the first few years due to several injuries and the competitive situation at 96. From September to November 2011, Miller was hospitalized for mental exhaustion. After his return, he played his only competitive game for Hannover in December. In 2015 he ended his career at the age of 33, today he is a goalkeeping coach at KSC.