It was supposed to be a short-term fix; a stopgap until Max Eberl found a suitable permanent suitor for the Borussia Monchengladbach job.
It was not supposed – or even envisaged – to go this well, but the man recognised on the sidelines as the guy 'in the green hoodie’ may have staked a claim for the permanent position himself.
Sporting director Eberl admitted upon the appointment of Andre Schubert it gave them time to look for a more suitable, long-term manager.
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Schubert himself insisted he did not want the job full-time, having been promoted from the Under-23 side to temporarily repair a bottom-placed Gladbach side without a win after five matches.
But the results and performances in the subsequent six league games leave Schubert a shoe-in to replace Lucian Favre permanently.
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The result from his short reign has been a remarkable transformation from a winless side into European contenders.
Unrelenting, attacking football has returned to the Borussia-Park and with it has come confidence and, perhaps more importantly, points.
At no stage have the Foals ever looked like losing in the temporary coach’s first six Bundesliga games and their untainted tally of 18 points in that time comes with 23 goals – an average of nearly four per game.
The 44-year-old has reintroduced a fluid brand of counter-attacking football, but their defence has not been neglected either. Gladbach have conceded as many goals as Schubert’s six games in charge – five from penalties and an Andreas Christensen own goal against Schalke.
Their renewed success has carried over to the European stage, a last minute goal costing them a more than creditable point against Manchester City, followed by successive draws with Italian heavyweights Juventus.
How can it be such a monumental turnaround from the dishevelled, unorganised outfit under Favre?
Like Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund last season, some managers come to a natural end after a period of success at one club and the same appeared to ring true with Favre.
Schubert’s small tactical changes have made some difference but the renewed vigour and confidence has made an overwhelming change to Gladbach’s attacking quintet.
Fabian Johnson, an outcast under Favre, came in from the wilderness to score in the 4-2 win over Augsburg – the same game in which Raffael was involved in all four goals.
It is the Brazilian’s upturn in fortunes which best epitomises the effect from Schubert. Struggling for form in the early stages of the season, he has rediscovered his best form and notched five goals under the German, including a sensational free-kick in the derby victory over Schalke.
Success stories are not limited to these two, though. Lars Stindl has found his feet in the number 10 role, Granit Xhaka once again provides the midfield steel while Mahmoud Dahoud has arguably been the biggest beneficiary, the attacking midfielder flourishing upon his promotion from the under-23 side.
Eberl’s latest hints suggest they will appoint the German in the near future and so the lucky green hoodie will become a permanent fixture at the Borussia-Park.
Temporary-turned-permanent appointments do not always marry as intended but the initial signs are positive for Schubert and Gladbach.
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