Four months after leading RB Leipzig to their first major trophy in the German Cup final, Domenico Tedesco has paid the price for the Red Bull-backed team’s dismal start to the season.
“RB Leipzig has parted ways with Domenico Tedesco with immediate effect,” read a statement posted on the club’s Twitter account on Wednesday morning. “Assistant coaches Andreas Hinkel and Max Urwantschky have also left the club. RB Leipzig will announce their successor in due course.”
Tedesco, who led Schalke to second place in the Bundesliga and the Champions League in his previous spell in Germany, replaced Jesse Marsch in December and led Leipzig from 11th place to the top four and to Cup victory. Germany.
But a record one win out of five at the start of the Bundesliga season and successive losses against Eintracht Frankfurt away from home at the weekend (4-0) and Shakhtar Donetsk at home (4-1) in their first Champions League match on Tuesday have seen the club spring into action.
“After our lackluster start to the Bundesliga season with five points from five matches, coupled with recent defeats to Eintracht and Shakhtar, we believe a management change is the right course of action to turn things around quickly.” said Oliver, CEO of RB Leipzig. Mintzlaff said.
Marsch and Tedesco quickly left
Tedesco managed the team for just over nine months, longer than Marsch, who took over when Julian Nagelsmann joined Bayern Munich at the end of the 2020-21 season. The rapid failure of successive managers raises questions about the controversial football identity that the RB has built.
After rising through the leagues thanks to its association with the Red Bull group and circumventing the 50+1 ownership rule that German clubs must abide by, RB have long been wildly unpopular in German football circles. His relationship with other Red Bull-owned teams, such as RB Salzburg, and the constant stream of transfers between those teams, has also been controversial.
But in purely sporting terms, the project has been a success. The framework of high-pressure teams that offered young players like Timo Werner, Naby Keita and Dayot Upamecano a springboard to Europe’s biggest clubs has seen the club become a regular at the top of the Bundesliga and in football. European.
Hard start to replacement
That seemed in doubt after Marsch’s departure, but Tedesco, a rare outsider from the Red Bull group, appeared to have steadied the ship.
“We had a very successful second half of last season under his tenure and qualified for the Champions League. Under his leadership, we also won the DFB-Pokal (German Cup), our first major title, and he was part of the most successful season in the history of our young club,” Mintzlaff said.
But it was not enough for Tedesco to have more time. With RB’s best players often leaving before reaching their peak, coaching a team with such high expectations can be tricky, as Marsch and Tedesco discovered. Bundesliga Player of the Year Christopher Nkunku is likely to be the next to go, although the late-season arrival of Red Bull Salzburg’s Benjamin Sesko points to the positives of the job.
Tedesco, for his part, will lament another failure to build a successful first campaign. The 36-year-old was sacked in March of his second season at Schalke after a seven-game winless run and a 7-0 loss to Manchester City in the Champions League.
Whoever replaces him couldn’t have wished for a much more difficult start: RB host Borussia Dortmund on Saturday before traveling to European champions Real Madrid on Wednesday.
Edited by: Jonathan Crane