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Stuttgart poach Bayern Munich’s technical director Michael Reschke

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The Swabians surprised the Bundesliga by suddenly firing general manager Jan Schindelmeiser. Now we know why.

Michael Reschke.
Photo by A. Hassenstein/Getty Images for FC Bayern

News has just broken that Michael Reschke, Bayern Munich’s legendary technical director and super-scout, will sign with newly promoted VfB Stuttgart, leaving the Bavarians to become Stuttgart’s new sporting director.

Sport Bild’s Tobias Altschäffl confirmed the move shortly after Bild broke the news:

Now it’s official: according to Sport Bild information, Michael Reschke and VfB Stuttgart have come to an agreement. The ex-FC Bayern manager will succeed Jan Schindelmeiser.

Stuttgart made waves early Friday with the sudden dismissal of incumbent Jan Schindelmeiser. After “intense discussions,” Stuttgart’s supervisory board resolved to terminate their collaboration with Schindelmeiser on September 30. Despite the formal delay, Schindelmeiser has been dismissed from his day to day tasks.

Now it is clear why Schindelmeiser had to go: Stuttgart have already come to terms with a successor, none other than Bayern’s own Reschke. Reschke joined Bayern from Bayern Leverkusen in 2014, where he was involved in the transfers of Bernd Leno, Stefan Kießling, André Schürrle, and Arturo Vidal, among others.

At Bayern, Reschke notably masterminded the transfers of Joshua Kimmich, Douglas Costa, Arturo Vidal, and Kingsley Coman among others, such as Corentin Tolisso.

Stuttgart have returned to the Bundesliga with an ambitious young squad after suffering relegation to the second league last season. Reschke is the latest in a string of signings - including former Bayern fan favorite Holger Badstuber - intended to keep Stuttgart at the top of its game and the 2. Bundesliga a distant memory.

Update

The Stuttgarter Nachrichten have reported that Reschke is taking chief scout Timon Pauls with him to Stuttgart.