Eintracht Frankfurt shakeup continues with Bobic’s departure

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Eintracht Frankfurt’s unplanned management shakeup continued Wednesday with the announcement that sporting director Fredi Bobic will leave after five successful years at the end of the season.

It came a day after the Bundesliga club said coach Adi Hütter will depart to join league rival Borussia Mönchengladbach next season and two months after it was announced that Bruno Hübner, the team’s other sporting director, is leaving.

All three have played key roles in leading Frankfurt to the brink of Champions League qualification this season. The team is fourth in the Bundesliga, holding the last spot for Europe’s premier competition with a seven-point cushion and six games left to play.

Bobic and the club agreed to cut short his contract, which was originally due to run through June 2023.

“Fredi Bobic has played a big part in Eintracht’s recent sporting and financial success,” Frankfurt chairman Philip Holzer said. “His smart and successful personnel decisions have led to an improvement in the first team and he has done a perfect job.”

Bobic has been linked with a move to big-spending Hertha Berlin, which is disjointed and battling relegation despite millions in investments from backer Lars Windhorst, who wants to transform the capital club into one of Germany’s best.

Holzer said Frankfurt has already been working on finding a successor for Bobic. Former Leipzig general manager Ralf Rangnick is the favorite to take over.

Frankfurt had only avoided Bundesliga relegation through a playoff when Bobic took over in 2016. With Niko Kovač as coach, Frankfurt reached the German Cup final the next season, and won it the following year before Kovač left for Bayern Munich.

Frankfurt reached the Europa League semifinal the following year under Kovač’s successor Hütter.

“I look back on five wonderful years at Eintracht Frankfurt,” Bobic said. “The successes we have had during this time fill me with pride.”

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