Hermann Gerland is getting another promotion!
After just recently being promoted to be Carlo Ancelotti’s top assistant after Paul Clement took Swanseas head coaching position, Gerland is reportedly set to take over the new youth academy at the club, reports SportBild.
Bayern are set to open up their brand new, €70 million youth academy this summer, and Gerland looks the be the perfect man to take on the job of bringing Bayern’s young talents through to the first team. During his time with the Bayern reserves, he oversaw the development of stars such as Philipp Lahm and Thomas Müller, and he’ll be hoping to replicate the success he had with them on Bayern’s next generation of stars.
Gerland has been with the club since 2001, spending the first 8 years with the reserves, and the last 8 on the staffs of Louis van Gaal, Jupp Heynckes and Pep Guardiola.
The news isn’t pleasant for everyone, though.
Heiko Vogel, who is the director of the current youth academy, wasn’t even considered for the role and he reportedly may not even be brought back as U-23 coach next year, a role which he currently serves in as well.
Since his appointment as U-23 coach in 2015, Vogel hasn’t been able to gain promotion with the reserves to the 3. Bundesliga, only finishing in 6th place last year. Though the team currently sits in 2nd place, they’re 19 points behind league leaders Unterhaching, making it virtually impossible to move up this year.
Taking over for Vogel could be former Bayern captain Mark van Bommel. The Bayern legend currently works in the PSV youth department, and serves as an assistant to his father-in-law on the Saudi Arabian national team.
Van Bommel, 39, played 187 games for Bayern from 2006 to 2011, scoring 16 goals and assisting a further 20 all while captaining the side as a defensive midfielder in his last three years at the club.
While he doesn’t have much head-coaching experience at any level, his appointment would definitely raise the excitement level of the 2nd team, and would certainly make them more interesting to follow. He would be the first Bayern player to take on the manager position of the reserves since Mehmet Scholl did so twice, once in 2009-10 and again in 2012-13.
In other academy coaching news, Bild is reporting that Sebastian Hoeneß, nephew of Uli Hoeneß, could be taking over the job of U-19 coach next season, replacing Holger Seitz. The 34-year-old Hoeneß currently works for RB Leipzig as their U-17 head coach.