Report: Union to name Ernst Tanner sporting director to replace Stewart

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The Philadelphia Union appear to have their replacement for Earnie Stewart, who left his post as sporting director last month to take over a new role with the U.S. Men’s National Team.

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The Athletic’s Kristian Dyer is reporting that the Union have turned to former Red Bull Salzburg academy director Ernst Tanner to replace Stewart just a week after the latter officially left his role with the club to join the USMNT.

Tanner was in charge of developing Salzburg’s youth team, and has garnered a lot of attention throughout Europe by helping build a strong culture in Austria with the club.

He has also had experience in Germany with Hoffenheim and 1860 Munich, where he was in charge of youth development.

At Hoffenheim, he served as sporting director as well for a season. He headed a team back in 2010-11 that brought in a number of world-class talents including Roberto Firmino and Gylfi Sigurdsson.