Ebbsfleet United appoint German Dennis Kutrieb as their new manager: I’m very hungry to work hard and succeed in England with Ebbsfleet United
EBBSFLEET UNITED have unveiled Dennis Kutrieb as their new manager, replacing Kevin Watson who left the club at the end of his contract.
The German arrives at Stonebridge Road from Tennis Borussia Berlin (TB Berlin or ‘TeBe’) where he took the club to the top of the NOFV-Oberliga Nord table at the time of the coronavirus pandemic struck.
The fifth-tier NOFV-Oberliga Nord is renowned as one of Europe’s toughest lower divisions and the 40-year-old Kutrieb led TB Berlin to second position in the 2018/19 season as well as the Berlin Cup Final, before dominating last season’s league campaign with his mixture of academy youth and seasoned professionals.
In 19 games this season, TeBe have lost only twice and scored 61 goals and conceded 17 goals.
The premature shutdown of the Oberliga season halted table-topping Kutrieb’s bid for a third promotion over a six-year period which includes last season’s second-place achievement with TB Berlin and his prior hugely successful period leading VSG Altglienicke who he took from the Berlin League to the fourth-tier Regionalliga Nordost.
Kutrieb, who has been rated as being the brightest up-and-coming managers across all divisions in Germany, created headlines on announcing he was not renewing his contract with TB Berlin in early May despite leading the league, attracting significant interest from clubs across the German pyramid.
“For me this is a logical step in my career,” Kutrieb said in a statement.
“The opportunity to create the same results and progression in the competitive English system as I have enjoyed in Germany is something I am very ambitious to do and while I had options to remain in the German leagues and take on a role at a higher level, I’m very hungry to work hard and succeed in England with Ebbsfleet United.”
The new Fleet boss – who played in an attacking role for clubs including TB Berlin, BFC Dynamo, Rot Weiß Oberhausen and Ludwigsfelder FC – continued, “I’m excited by the preparation and meticulous approach I’ve experienced already in my discussions with Ebbsfleet and we share the same philosophy and belief in terms of the high work ethic and standards that a club requires to consistently progress and win football matches.”
A club statement added: “Dennis is one of Germany’s most highly regarded young managers and we are extremely pleased to secure his services to take the club forward.
“A feature of Dennis’ success has been his tactical flexibility and dynamic tactical management during matches, along with his meticulous and thorough approach to preparation.
“An exhaustive and thorough process has been undertaken to identify and profile the attributes that best suit our club going forward to provide the optimal structure for stable and consistent football operations and results.
“Dennis will be supported in his role by existing club director of football Steve Lovell. Steve’s vast league and local football experience will be integral in providing Dennis with recruitment and retention support at Ebbsfleet United and his role and position at the club remains unchanged.
“Like all National League clubs, the Fleet await clarity and guidance on the finalisation of the 2019/20 campaign, a starting date for the new season and the make-up of the National Leagues ahead of a new season.
“Regardless of this uncertainty, the club is committed to a thorough and measured approach in planning for the new season and are applying a tireless and focused approach and standards to mirror those of our loyal supporters.
“We hope Fleet fans will join us in welcoming Dennis to the club as we gear up ahead of a new season.
“The former TB Berlin manager will join compatriots Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) and Daniel Farke (Norwich City) managing in English football, who have enjoyed plenty of success in the higher divisions."
Previous German football managers working in this country have included the likes of Daniel Stendel (Barnsley, now at SPFL Hearts), David Wagner (Huddersfield Town), Dietmar Hamann (Stockport County) and Uwe Rösler (Brentford, Wigan Athletic and Fleetwood Town).
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