Hannover 96: Gerhard Zuber sued his club, now he is sports director

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Soccer Chaos at Hannover 96

He sued his club and is now its sports director

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Short intermezzo: Jan Schlaudraff only started as sports director at Hannover 96 in the summer – now he was released

Source: pa / dpa / Peter Steffen

Bundesliga relegated Hannover 96 separates from sports director Jan Schlaudraff. His successor is particularly noteworthy: The club lost to Gerhard Zuber on Wednesday before the labor court.

Whe says it so beautifully, there are stories that only football writes. One of these has now played out at Hannover 96. What the second division club revealed to the public on Thursday afternoon is astonishing.

Shortly before 3 p.m., the Lower Saxony announced that they had separated from their sports director Jan Schlaudraff with immediate effect. The main reason for the exemption of the former international was “different opinions on the central decisions for the future of Hannover 96”, said the club. So far so good. The fact that the 36-year-old Schlaudraff, who by the way only took over the office in the summer, apparently no longer enjoyed great trust, had been discussed repeatedly in the past few days.

First chilled, now back in business

In the course of this, the news of who will take over from Schlaudraff is much more interesting, even if only temporarily: Gerhard Zuber. The club had argued with the Austrian before the labor court on Wednesday – a day earlier.


The 44-year-old Zuber was the long-standing right hand of the former Hanover manager Horst Heldt. While the club separated in 2019 from Heldt, who had meanwhile moved to 1. FC Köln, Zuber was put out of business without contract termination. He was paid further in the past months, but was not allowed to work and have a say on sports issues.

On the other hand, he sued the labor court and was awarded on Wednesday that his contract was valid indefinitely. And so Hannover 96 said on Thursday: “Irrespective of legal issues to be clarified by the labor court, Gerhard Zuber enjoys the full trust of the management.”

For the further development of the club in the coming weeks “clarity, calm, unity and trust are necessary”, wrote the club on Thursday. Shortly before the turn of the year, Kind had rejected speculation that Schlaudraff would be replaced.

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