Clarets' Coach Secures Bundesliga Move
Goalkeeping coach Fabian Otte to join top-flight German outfit
Goalkeeping coach Fabian Otte is to leave Turf Moor to take up a high-profile role with Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach.
Otte will leave the Clarets at the end of the season to return to his native country and become first-team goalkeeping coach with the five-time German champions.
The move will end a 12-month stay with the Clarets for Otte, who has been a popular and key member of Burnley’s Academy staff, who has also worked at first-team level under senior goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer as a bridge between the two departments.
“It's sad to see him go because he's a good guy, first and foremost, and he's a very good coach as well,” said Mercer.
“He added something a little bit different. We are a very open staff, so we share things with everybody and we have kept him involved from day one.
“It’s been nice to have him here but we were always mindful that he would go on to become a first-team coach.
“He's going to go home, be near his family and be first-team coach at a massive club which will challenge for European competition.
“I'm sad to see him go but really happy for him.”
Otte joined the Clarets last summer following the departure of Craig Mawson to a senior position within the coaching staff at Manchester United.
The 30-year-old, who has previously played and coached in Germany, the United States, New Zealand, the Netherlands and England, has since worked with Burnley’s Academy keepers and first-teamers Nick Pope, Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Will Norris on the training ground and match-days.
And despite the appeal of his new job with a club currently sitting seventh in Germany’s top-flight, Otte, who recently completed a PhD in skill acquisition training methods, admits he will miss the Clarets.
“I am very sad to leave because I have only been here for a year, but this is a very good chance close to my family at home, a big club, a first team job with a good goalkeeping group and responsibility there,” he said.
“I love English football and I have learned a lot at Burnley about effective football and how important the environment is - the people who are actually in the room - and the staff and how you can achieve a lot with the having right environment in the place.
“When talking about the great environment at the club, I must especially thank the goalkeepers and coaches.
“Above all, Billy Mercer is the one person that had most impact on me. Without him, the goalkeeping group and department at Burnley would not run as successfully as it has for many years now.
“But he’s not only a great and experienced goalkeeping coach, he is the most genuine person I have ever met in football and an incredible mentor and friend to me.
“Working alongside him taught me a lot about the game and I will certainly benefit from this for my entire coaching career.”