At just 33 years old, former Hearts striker Mike Tullberg is still old enough to be out on the pitch. With injuries ending his playing days prematurely in 2012, he began the road to management. He has now taken on his biggest job yet with one of the world’s most well known clubs.
The Dane will take over as Borussia Dortmund U23 coach next season, following a successful spell as assistant of Danish Superliga side Vendsyssel FF.
He will replace current interim boss Alen Terzic, who is the interim head coach after Jan Siewert left to take on the Huddersfield Town job earlier this season.
It’ll be a massive jump for the former Jambos striker, who now has the chance to make his name at one of Germany’s biggest clubs.
Tullberg’s playing days
In his time at Tynecastle, Tullberg played just 176 minutes. Moving from Italian side Reginna, Hearts boss Csaba Laszlo liked the look of the forward and decided to take him to Gorgie for the 2008/09 season.
He featured in seven matches over the season, making his debut in a 3-0 defeat away to Dundee United in September. He featured in the following game against Kilmarnock but would not make another appearance until March 2009. His last Hearts appearance came in a 1-0 defeat to city rivals Hibs.
Tullberg’s time in Edinburgh was wrecked by injury, so it’s hard to tell whether he was a decent footballer when fit. Rot-Weiß Oberhausen in Germany were to be his next destination before hanging up his boots due to ongoing injuries.
He started his management career at SG Schönebeck before Rot-Weiß Oberhausen employed Tullberg as their U23 side’s assistant and then the club’s U19s manager. He also took over a youth coaching role at Danish side AGF Aarhus during the 2017-18 season.
His job as assistant with current club Vendsyssel FF has allowed him to secure the Black and Yellows coaching role. The Danish outfit are fighting off relegation following promotion to Denmark’s top flight.
Tullberg is a UEFA A licence coach and this opportunity could give him his big break in management. Recent Dortmund reserve team managers have went on to manage the likes of Huddersfield and Hamburg.
The former Jambos striker will have the best wishes of Hearts fans in his new role in Germany. Who knows, perhaps he’ll be in the Tynecastle dugout one day.