Eintracht Frankfurt have reached another important decision for the future of the club after announcing that Timmo Hardung, who has been the Eagles’ head of first team football since July 2021, will be promoted to the role of sporting director on July 1, 2023. The post has been vacant since Bruno Hübner left the club in 2021.
Former Eintracht Frankfurt player and current team manager Christoph Preuß has also been handed a promotion, replacing Hardung as head of first team football. Patrick Zeilmann, currently part of the integration and team management division, will take over Preuß’s duties and become head of the team management/integration department next season.
Hardung, 33, was TSG Hoffenheim’s team manager between 2015 and 2019. He spent two seasons as head of first team football at RB Leipzig before leaving Saxony for Frankfurt in 2021. Currently in his eighth season with a professional club, Hardung has helped his side qualify for European football on six occasions.
Board member for sport Markus Krösche said, “Timmo Hardung has made excellent progress in recent years and has a wide network in domestic and continental football. He knows the professional game from different roles and has got to know Eintracht as head of first team football over the past two years. In the process, he has already played an active role in a number of player transfers. We’re fully confident that Timmo will be able to contribute his qualities and abilities as sporting director thanks to several years’ experience in the professional game. We also continue to be well set up in the first team department. As a homegrown Eintracht player, Christoph Preuß is qualified to take on more responsibility thanks to his previous job and the experience that came with it. Patrick Zeilmann has also proven to be a great asset to Eintracht and will help us in his new role as head of team management/integration.”
Timmo Hardung said, “The trust placed in me by the entire management is an incentive to keep creating the framework, together with our team, to help us be the best we can be. Eintracht Frankfurt is a great club with a very professional setup and a long tradition. I look forward to helping us continue the positive development of recent years.”