Ebbsfleet appoint a ‘highly regarded’ manager in Dennis Kutrieb who comes to them from TB Berlin where they lead their division.
He steered them to second place last season and he has quite some record in the fifth-tier in Germany, won 45 of his 60 games in charge.
? ANNOUNCEMENT#EUFC are delighted to announce the appointment of highly regarded Dennis Kutrieb as manager. Dennis comes to us from TB Berlin where his side lead their division, having steered them to second place last season.
— Ebbsfleet United FC (@EUFCofficial) June 2, 2020
The club statement read: Kutrieb arrives at the Kuflink Stadium from Tennis Borussia Berlin (TB Berlin, or ‘TeBe’) where he took the club to the top of the NOFV-Oberliga Nord table when the early season shutdown occurred.
The fifth-tier NOFV-Oberliga Nord is renowned as one of Europe’s toughest lower divisions and the 40-year-old Kutrieb led TB Berlin to second position in the 2018/19 season as well as the Berlin Cup Final, before dominating last season’s (2019/20) league campaign with his mixture of academy youth and seasoned professionals. In 19 games this season, TeBe have lost only twice and scored 61 goals while their frugal defence has conceded only 17 times.
The premature shutdown of the Oberliga season halted table-topping Kutrieb’s bid for a third promotion over a six-year period which includes last season’s second place achievement with TB Berlin and his prior hugely successful period leading VSG Altglienicke who he took from the Berlin League to the fourth-tier Regionalliga Nordost.
Leading German football publication Kicker recently anointed Kutrieb with the title of ‘Erfolgstrainer’, a rare honour saved for the brightest up-and-coming managers across all divisions. And Kutrieb created headlines on announcing he was not renewing his contract with TB Berlin in early May despite leading the league, attracting significant interest from clubs across the German pyramid.
On his decision to continue his rapid managerial progress in England with non league Ebbsfleet United, Kutrieb said, “For me this is a logical step in my career. The opportunity to create the same results and progression in the competitive English system as I have enjoyed in Germany is something I am very ambitious to do, and while I had options to remain in the German leagues and take on a role at a higher level, I’m very hungry to work hard and succeed in England with Ebbsfleet United.”
The new Fleet boss – who played in an attacking role for clubs including TB Berlin, BFC Dynamo, Rot Weiß Oberhausen and Ludwigsfelder FC – continued, “I’m excited by the preparation and meticulous approach I’ve experienced already in my discussions with Ebbsfleet and we share the same philosophy and belief in terms of the high work ethic and standards that a club requires to consistently progress and win football matches.”
Ebbsfleet United said of the appointment: “Dennis is one of Germany’s most highly regarded young managers and we are extremely pleased to secure his services to take the club forward. A feature of Dennis’ success has been his tactical flexibility and dynamic tactical management during matches, along with his meticulous and thorough approach to preparation.
“An exhaustive and thorough process has been undertaken to identify and profile the attributes that best suit our club going forward to provide the optimal structure for stable and consistent football operations and results.”
Dennis will be supported in his role by existing club director of football Steve Lovell. Steve’s vast league and local football experience will be integral in providing Dennis with recruitment and retention support at Ebbsfleet United and his role and position at the club remains unchanged.
Like all National League clubs, the Fleet await clarity and guidance on the finalisation of the 2019/20 campaign, a starting date for the new season and the make-up of the National Leagues ahead of a new season.
Regardless of this uncertainty, the club is committed to a thorough and measured approach in planning for the new season and are applying a tireless and focused approach and standards to mirror those of our loyal supporters.
We hope Fleet fans will join us in welcoming Dennis to the Kuflink Stadium as we gear up ahead of a new season. The former TB Berlin manager will join compatriots Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) and Daniel Farke (Norwich City) managing in English football, who have enjoyed plenty of success in the higher divisions. Previous German football managers working in this country have included the likes of Daniel Stendel (Barnsley, now at Hearts), David Wagner (Huddersfield Town), Dietmar Hamann (Stockport County) and Uwe Rösler (Brentford, Wigan Athletic, Fleetwood Town).
——– STATEMENT ENDS ——–
KUTIREB MANAGERIAL STATS:
Games: 77 – Won: 55 – Drew: 7 – Lost: 15 – Goals: 261-99 – Points: 172
Points Per Game: 2.23
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Fans reacted after seeing that Ebbsfleet appoint a ‘highly regarded’ manager…
OK, so that’s a big surprise (goes off to research German regional leagues!). Certainly an interesting appointment and a good pedigree, with Lovell advising him on players. Best of luck Dennis! Welcome to England!
— Jimmy Logie (@WeeJimmyLogie) June 2, 2020
Well, that appointment certainly ‘took my breath away’.
Wilkommen, Dennis ??
— The Non League Self-Isolater (@theNLNomads) June 2, 2020
That’s a very interesting appointment to see a non-league team make. He has quite some record in the fifth-tier in Germany, won 45 of his 60 games in charge! pic.twitter.com/4j41GRIQra
— Cam Melling (@RomseyCam) June 2, 2020
All those German managers they’ve quoted did wonders in their first season in England then got sacked
Can’t see it lasting long tbh
— Joseph Pope (@JPopeTUFC) June 2, 2020
Shocker….but welcome Dennis. Very uncharacteristic for The Fleet !!
— Roly Edwards (@RolyEdwards) June 2, 2020
Mite see some football from them instead of the excessive time wasting
— Michael Slimmings (@Toshslim) June 2, 2020
— Kayne Sheppard (@KayneSheppard) June 2, 2020
Blimey, I assumed it’d be Lovell!! Willkommen und viel glück Dennis! ??
— OneJimmyJackson (@OneJimmyJackson) June 2, 2020
— Nathan Holt (@NathanHoltYt) June 2, 2020
Wasn’t expecting any announcement until we at least knew for certain what division we’re playing in next season. But a young up and coming German manager, nope, that’s out of the blue. Need to research him and where he’s come from, as currently I know zilch. #EUFC #NonLeague https://t.co/EyZadsaIKt
— Mark Everson (@MarkAEverson) June 2, 2020
The Non-League Brentford ?
— Scott (@ScottJonesCC4) June 2, 2020
fairplay that’s a good move, german managers have worked in the past
— tom (@TD_2001) June 2, 2020
I love this move. #EUFC are going down the unexpected route and I couldn’t be happier to see the club break away from the regular rotation of managers who circle around the National League. https://t.co/nRuhRdxGE5
— Jason Button (@JasonB_Journo) June 2, 2020