Favre to stay on as Monchengladbach coach

Sporting director Max Eberl confirms the Swiss coach will remain at the helm of the Foals for at least another season after revealing that he will see out the rest of his contract
Lucien Favre will stay on as coach of Borussia Monchengladbach beyond the end of the season, according to sporting director Max Eberl.

The former Hertha Berlin boss took charge of the Foals last summer and has lead them to unprecendented success in his debut campaign, having secured fourth place in the Bundesliga table and consequently Champions League football next term.

When posed the question about whether Favre will continue in his role at Monchengladbach, Eberl stated: "Definitely, yes, since there is no other possibility.

"Lucien will definitely fulfill his contract until 2013."

Eberl also gave an update on the progress of negotiations for Basel midfielder Granit Xhaka and Twente forward Luuk de Jong, but admitted concluding deals for the duo could prove troublesome.

"With Xhaka and De Jong, the problem is that a number of other clubs have them on their shortlist," he continued.

"That makes [negotiations] difficult and expensive. But their arrivals would be a huge statement of intent for Monchengladbach."

The 38-year-old then reflected on Monchengladbach's impressive season, praising the ambition the team displayed throughout the campaign, but played down the burden of expectation.

"We were the surprise team this season," said Eberl. "I want to see more positive development.

"However, we will not be so crazy to say 'now we must play in the Champions League every year'.

"If the team plays good football, I would be happy even with 9th place."