In an exclusive interview with PhiladelphiaUnion.com, Ernst Tanner discussed what needs to change in the offseason, what he hopes to retain (including head coach Jim Curtin), and how to build on a record-setting 2018.
Tanner began the conversation on how the young players already on the squad fit into his vision for the future of Philadelphia Union.
Modern soccer: Fast. Dynamic. Aggressive. Our Young Guns are made for this. pic.twitter.com/P0bdO8hXL1— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) November 20, 2018
Followed up with a discussion on where he plans on scouting for this offseason.
Where in the World is Ernst Tanner? pic.twitter.com/jdkLEm0KhP— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) November 20, 2018
He then commented on winning and its importance to him.
“In professional soccer, at the end of the day only winning counts.” pic.twitter.com/m5j9SecyOf— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) November 20, 2018
Next, Tanner delved into how the club will change its style of play to better challenge the teams at the top of the table in 2019.
“In transition we can do better, that’s for sure. I think we also can be a little bit more compact in the future, and that’s what we need to work on especially in preseason." pic.twitter.com/skjmKzx5Ab— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) November 19, 2018
Additionally, the Sporting Director explained why he chose to retain head coach Jim Curtin, and why he believes the man that led the Union to 15 wins in 2018 can help lead the club forward.
"What I have seen in the past couple of months, how he guided the team, how he did even some tactical changes, that’s what we exactly need in the future.” pic.twitter.com/jxVC2cu9nP— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) November 19, 2018
There was also a discussion about what it will take to satisfy Tanner's hunger to win and find success.
Most points. Most wins. Never satisfied. pic.twitter.com/cI9ApG10aI— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) November 20, 2018
Tanner expanded on some of these comments in his end of season press conference on Monday.