The Philadelphia Union named Ernst Tanner as the club’s new sporting director on Thursday.
Tanner, 51, had served as Red Bull Salzburg’s academy and youth football head coach since 2012 after previous stints with TSV 1860 Munich and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
He will officially join the Union in mid-September after completing his duties with RB Salzburg and finalizing his immigration process.
“We are pleased to announce that Ernst Tanner will be the second sporting director in Philadelphia Union history,” Philadelphia Union chairman/owner Jay Sugarman said in a statement. “Ernst comes to Philadelphia with a strong track record of methodology implementation as well as player development and recruitment. He has worked for successful clubs at the highest level in Europe, signing and nurturing premier level talent at every stop. Coupled with his impressive worldwide soccer network and scouting acumen, we believe that Ernst is the perfect leader to continue building and improving upon the promising foundation we have established.”
RB Salzburg won the UEFA Youth League championship two years ago. He will join a Union club that currently sits in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with an 8-11-3 record and 27 points - two spots behind the New England Revolution for the final playoff spot in the conference.
“I have followed the Union since the early days of the club, and over the past three seasons, there have obviously been many productive changes in terms of methodology and player development,” Tanner said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to utilizing my almost 25 years of experience and global player recruitment abilities to continue and forward the club’s trajectory. I also look forward to generating new ideas to advance the Union to even greater heights.”
—Field Level Media