Union Berlin appoints first-ever woman assistant in Bundesliga

Union Berlin appointed Marie-Louise Eta as the first woman to be an assistant for a Bundesliga club. The former player with Werder Bremen had been coaching the Union Berlin U-19 side. Now, she will occupy the dugout as part of the Union Berlin senior squad. Her first appearance in the Bundesliga will be against Augsburg on Saturday, Nov. 25.

The German club sits at the bottom of the Bundesliga, a far cry from where it was at the end of last season. Union finished the 2022/23 campaign in fourth, which earned it qualification into the UEFA Champions League. However, nine straight losses in the Bundesliga sank the club to the bottom of the German top flight. That led to the club sacking manager Urs Fischer. Fischer had been at the club since the 2018/19 season when Union Berlin was in the 2. Bundesliga.

“In the five and a half years that we have worked together, we have developed a respect and trust for each other that has enabled us to always exchange ideas openly and honestly,” Union Berlin President Dirk Zingler said. “Together we have now come to the conclusion that the time has come to take a different path.”

The direct replacement for Fischer is Marco Grote. Grote is one of the youth coaches, just like Marie-Louise Eta. The 51-year-old Grote has not held a major managerial position. However, Grote and Eta will only be with the club on an interim basis until further notice. Union Berlin is in the process of finding a new head coach to lead the club and turn its season around.

Union Berlin makes history by hiring a woman as an assistant

For now, Union Berlin is looking to its youth offerings to stabilize the club. Only three of the players in the senior squad are direct graduates of the Union Berlin youth academy. However, Eta and Grote will, at the least, understand how the club functions. That will save the club time in making a change seamless. Moreover, it provides the club time to make the correct hire.

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Author : Kyle Fansler

Publish date : 2023-11-15 21:51:35

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