Per a new report from Bild, former Bayern Munich and VfB Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez has been in discussions with Oliver Mintzlaff regarding a potential role at the Red Bull Sports Group.
Despite there being a sporting director vacancy at RB Leipzig, this is not the specific role that is being discussed for Gomez. Currently, Gomez has been enjoying punditry work for Amazon Prime for Champions League matches.
Specifically, Gomez would be responsible for the networking and further development of the clubs under the Red Bull Group umbrella: RB Leipzig, RB Salzburg, New York Red Bulls, and Red Bull Brasil. His experience playing in the Bundesliga for over 14 years makes him a prime candidate for Mintzlaff and the Red Bull Group, but the former Bayern striker has had offers from other clubs in Germany. What helps Red Bull’s case is his long standing relationship with Mintzlaff. He is a manager at Gomez’s consulting firm, Ferber, for which he looked after Gomez and his transfers throughout his career. Because of that already existent relationship, Gomez has always been a point of contact for Mintzlaff.
Gomez not in any sort of rush
Despite the links to a new role with the Red Bull Group alongside Mintzlaff, Gomez didn’t want to confirm anything just yet. In a recent interview with both the Stuttgarter Zeitung and the Stuttgarter Nachrichten (via SPOX), Gomez said that he doesn’t want to force anything at the moment, but definitely confirmed that he did not want to accept a managerial role. “What is clear is that I miss football because I have played for more than twenty years. That this is the area in which I know my way around and where I can find myself,” he explained.
Gomez also said that he did not want to make a return to VfB Stuttgart, where he began and spent a good portion of his playing career. “VfB is very well positioned in terms of sport at the moment and therefore this question does not arise for me,” he said. His tone might be different if there was a need in a certain area of their sporting department or front office, but in that sense, the Red Bull Group makes more sense if he does, in fact, accept a role there.