It is always unsettling for any young player to experience a coaching change, but Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder and Germany international Florian Neuhaus is getting a double-dip of managerial mayhem.
For Die Fohlen, Neuhaus will lose Marco Rose, who accepted a job with Borussia Dortmund, while Joachim Löw recently announced that he would step down from his post with Germany after the Europeans Championships this summer.
For a young star just really starting to come into his own, Neuhaus has kept a positive attitude about all of the change he is experiencing.
“I think the situation in Mönchengladbach was different. The rumors had been going on longer, it was no big secret anymore. But this is professional football and the team has put it out of our minds,” Neuhaus said (as captured by the DFB). “We’ve obviously spoken about it in the dressing room and digest the information. The coach has the right to use his exit clause and the Germany boss has made his exit known early. It doesn’t change anything and we still want to be successful on the pitch”
The response was very mature from Neuhaus, but all of this change comes at a precarious time for one of Germany’s top, young midfielders.
Neuhaus did hear the rumors that Xabi Alonso would be his next new coach with Die Fohlen, but essentially said that he’ll need to see it to believe it.
“I only found out about that from the media,” Neuhaus said (as captured by Goal). “I won’t believe it until the club officially announces it. Now it has been denied again. [Gladbach sporting director] Max Eberl will certainly make an excellent choice.”
With Bayern Munich and several big clubs abroad all allegedly eyeing the 24-year-old, Neuhaus will have to maintain his focus and learn to adapt quickly to any new expectations placed upon him — for either club or country.