U23 coach Heiko Vogel went, Eugene Polanski took over

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Borussia split from U23 coach Vogel

Borussia Moenchengladbach U-23 team also got a new coach. As the club has now confirmed, the cooperation with Heiko Vogel will not continue. In the search for a successor, the club is relying on an internal solution.

Borussia Moenchengladbach’s under-23 team avoided a horror scenario last weekend. A 0-0 draw against Under-23 side Fortuna Dusseldorf on the final day was enough to ensure they were kept awake after Heiko Vogel’s side had not scored the points needed in the previous weeks to escape an early relegation battle in the Western Region.

Borussia Monchengladbach have now drawn the consequences of a season in which they lost 19 defeats in 38 matches and have released coach Vogel a year before his contract expires. The club confirmed this on Wednesday after we exclusively reported it.

“Unfortunately, we were unable to live up to our own expectations last season, so the course was certainly not satisfactory for either of us. During the talks, it also became clear that Heiko Vogel and the club had different destinations,” Borussia’s youth director Mirko Sandmüller said in a statement from the club. Different views on the direction of the U-23.” “So we both came to a unanimous decision that it was best to go our separate ways.”

Vogel came in summer 2020 after ending his commitment to coach at KFC Uerdingen in 2019. Since then he has coached Borussia in 78 official matches but has averaged only 1.26 points. After Vogel and his team finished the 2020/21 season in 11th place, falls in precarious table areas have followed this year.

It was a complicated season for Vogel and his team, as they lost seven times in a row. The team lacked one top scorer in particular, Stephen Moyer scoring the most goals with nine goals, followed by Turpin Mosel with eight, but Vogel was no longer available in the second half of the season due to his loan at Juppen Cup. Overall, career boosts that Vogel could back off on last season were scarce.

In the winter, Joshua Holtby was signed as captain who was good for the Borussia U-23 team right away, but there aren’t enough of them on the team overall. In the midst of the relegation battle, Borussia also had to deal with the tragic death of teammate Jordi Bongard in a car crash in February. “It’s been a complicated and stressful season with a lot of things to be insurmountable,” Vogel said.

It’s already clear who will succeed him: Eugene Polanski, who took over the U-17s last fall and was just promoted to U19s head coach for next season, will be in charge of the U23s immediately. Polanski rose within a short span of his coaching transition from youth and professional level to Under-23 coach. Which is not a particularly surprising move, as sporting director Roland Verkus fervently believes to Polanski.

“He’s a geek in a good way and totally ambitious. He wants to achieve something. He’s a great coaching talent, a driver. He’s close to the boys and has worked under the best coaches: Thomas Tuchel, Julian Nagelsmann, Marco Rose and Eddie Hutter. In an interview with our editors in December 2021, Ferkus said:

Polanski himself recently did not hide the fact that he is striving to get to the top as quickly as possible. “I’m a very impatient person, and I know that. Three years ago I would probably have said I’d see what happens. Now it’s just that training is exactly what I want,” Polanski said in March, but he also added, “I know I still have So much to learn.” The 36-year-old now gets a podium for that in the league.

Here is the photo gallery: Borussia U-23 coach since 2001

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