RB Leipzig and head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl have parted ways. Die Roten Bullen wanted to continue working with the head coach until the end of his current contract which expires in the summer of 2019.
This however was not the wish of Ralph Hasenhüttl. The 50-year-old Austrian wished to extend his contract prematurely, before the start of the coming season.
As a consequence, the two parties came to the conclusion to part ways after two successful years together.
RBL SPORTING DIRECTOR RALF RANGNICK:
- “I would have really liked to continue into the next season with Ralph Hasenhüttl as head coach. I came to the realisation that another year together to begin with would have been sufficient. For Ralph however, there was no alternative to a premature contract extension. It was his explicit wish to terminate the contract and we accepted that with a heavy heart. In the past few season, Ralph has been incredibly impressive with a huge contribution and put in a lot of work. I don’t see Ralph as just a very talented coach but he’s also an incredible person. From the bottom of my heart, I wish him all the best for the future, both professionally and privately."
RBL CEO OLIVER MINTZSTAFF
- “We have had a very successful time with Ralph Hasenhüttl. In our first Bundesliga season, we finished second and qualified directly for the Champions League. Our ‘Expedition Europa’ was not only exciting but successful with us reaching the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
Ralph is a great person who didn’t only inspire the fans but also was approachable to everyone at the club. I would have looked forward to working with him for another season. We are grateful for the open and credible discussions that have been had so far. We are, however, convinced that an extension at this current point in time would not have been the right step for our club."
- "It’s fully understandable that the club hasn’t decided to be up for an extension of my current contract. However, we emphasised that it wouldn’t be ideal for either side to head into a final year of my contract with a clarity regarding my long-term future,
In my eyes, a sustainable contract solution is of great significance for the implementation of RB Leipzig’s long term aims. After successes together, you should be able to able to be honest and choose a clear no over a reassuring yes.
For this reason, I asked the powers that be to end our co-operation prematurely. Thank you for your generous support to all my colleagues, the partners and the fans. I’ll never forget my time in Leipzig.”