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New SV Ried coach Ibertsberger introduces: 'He's an absolute team player'

New SV Ried coach Ibertsberger introduces: ‘He’s an absolute team player’

“I’ve already seen a lot of familiar faces,” said Robert Ebertsberger in his Tuesday morning presentation in Reed. “After the conversations, I hoped the choice would fall on me.” The 44-year-old from Seekirchen am Wallersee will start working as a coach at SV Guntamatic Ried in early 2022. Ibertsberger, who last worked at St. Plten, a contract until the end of the 2023 season, with an option for another year.

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“Robert Ebertsberger is an absolute team player and has experience dealing with both talented young players and managerial players. We are convinced that he will continue to work successfully with the current coaching staff,” said Thomas Reiflchammer, SVR Professional Sports Director.

His skills as a team player are especially important at Red: in his new station with the Vikings, he will take charge of the entire existing crew. No problem for the ex-Italian Legion: “I have the coaching staff involved in all my stations and let them express their opinion.” The former defender explained that the “final decision” is up to him.

Ibertsberger will lead his first unit at the start of training on January 3. “Of course I’m in touch with the coaching staff so that we don’t start from scratch in January.” Preparation and responsibility for the last home game in 2021 next Saturday (5pm) against Altaş will remain with interim coach Christian Heinley and his team. “I wouldn’t interfere. I wanted to consciously avoid stirring up trouble.”

Ibertsberger adapts to the team

Ibertsberger made his debut on February 4 in the cup quarter-final at home against Austria Klagenfurt. The path he started is to be “continued and refined”.

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Unlike some of his Red predecessors, the man from Salzburg wants to adapt to his current team – and not stubbornly whip through his own philosophy. “I have to see what works best for the team and the players.”

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Ibertsberger described active gameplay as a prerequisite. “I’m not asking for high pressure, but from a certain area I want a more aggressive style of playing against the ball so we don’t have to chase too much.”

The dream of the main group

In his inaugural press conference, the new chief of the Vikings clearly addressed a topic that has been hard-discussed at the Innviertel recently: the potential qualification of the main group. “We’re doing really well on the table. It would be a huge success if we qualified for the championship role. We can, but we don’t have to.” Confident and Elegant: That could be a good fit…

Video: RED’s new coach Robert Ebertsberger in an interview with ON