Six wins and a draw in his first seven Bundesliga games in charge were enough to convince the Borussia Mönchengladbach senior management that André Schubert has earned himself a longer-term stab at the job. Ahead of the Matchday 13 meeting with Hannover 96, the caretaker coach was accordingly kitted out with a contract through to June 2017, before a 2-1 victory over the 96ers ratcheted his points tally up to 22 from a possible 24.
"You couldn't really have foreseen any of this," Schubert acknowledged, adding that, "We want to keep working in a focused, but composed, way. The fact that I've signed a piece of paper doesn't change anything." For his part, Mönchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl said, "André's done a very convincing job over the past few weeks and achieved excellent results." Eberl also conceded that, "I initially didn't have him in mind as head coach over the longer-term. He's the in-house candidate who made his own case."
Schubert's rise has been meteoric. Until May he was in charge of Germany's U-15 side, before signing up at Gladbach to coach the reserves. Now he has the top job, Champions League extravaganzas and all. Three years after his touchline career suffered a substantial early setback when he was released by FC St. Pauli, the 44-year-old Kassel native has got it firmly back on track. "I'm happy I can earn my living working in football and all the happier at being able to do it with a club like Gladbach," he reflected; "There's a lot still to be done – but an awful lot of potential, as well."
His team have not been shy in demonstrating it, so far. When his predecessor Lucien Favre surprisingly stepped down after Matchday 5, Mönchengladbach were without a point to their name and rock-bottom of the standings. Schubert's promotion kicked off a six-game winning streak that saw him equal Willi Entenmann's all-time record for a debutant Bundesliga coach. Under their new tactical supremo, Borussia head into Matchday 14 fifth in the table, are still going strong in the DFB Cup and have drawn twice with last season's beaten finalists, Juventus FC, in the Champions League.
Wednesday's impressive 4-2 win against FC Sevilla meanwhile leaves them still in with a chance of making the Europa League and thus extending their presence on the international stage beyond the winter break. In short, under André Schubert, the Foals are up and running again – at speed.