Although most elite clubs often look for a promising young head coach or manager whenever a position becomes vacant, the majority will ultimately choose to place their long-term faith in a general. old.
The trend of favoring experienced managers has certainly always been popular at top clubs across Europe: Carlo Ancelotti (64 years old) is spending his second term at Real Madrid, and Max Allegri (56 years old), Juventus), Stefano Pioli (57, AC Milan) and Jose Mourinho (60, Roma) are also very experienced strategists. Elsewhere, even names considered to be still on the rise, such as Mauricio Pochettino (51, Chelsea), Diego Simeone (53, Atletico Madrid) and Erik ten Hag (53, Man United), have all resigned. 50 years old or older.
In this article, let’s take a look at 7 head coaches aged 45 and under in European football who are considered fully qualified to lead a top club, as well as potential owners. to quickly reach that level – we will not go through the Premier League, because this is a tournament that already has too much media power, so there will be no way for a young star in the coaching world to be criticized. missed information.
Xabi Alonso, 41 years old, Bayer Leverkusen
The 3-4-3 system deployed by the 41-year-old coach has brought balance to Leverkusen, partly by creating more space for the Wing-back pair to demonstrate their attacking ability and adding center. defenders enter the formation to minimize loopholes in defense when they lose the ball in the midfield. But Leverkusen’s spectacular revival was not only made possible by tactics but also by Alonso’s high-level leadership and people management skills.
Arne Slot, 45 years old, Feyenoord
After taking over as Feyenoord captain six months later, Slot – mainly using his preferred formation of 4-2-3-1 – took the club to the Conference League final, then followed by winning the Eredivisie championship (Dutch national championship) the following season. He has been awarded the Rinus Michels Award twice in a row (award for the best coach of the season).
Sebastian Hoeness, 41 years old, Stuttgart
So far, Hoeness’s most famous achievement is helping Stuttgart avoid relegation last season. From a team in a situation where there were only 8 games left to play and 5 points away from the relegation play-off ticket, Stuttgart “escaped death” spectacularly by defeating Hamburg (with a total score of 6- 1) in two decisive play-off matches. This season, Hoeness’s team – with the help of Serhou Guirassy’s 14 goals – is becoming a big surprise in the Bundesliga, currently, they are in 2nd place with a gap of only 1 point. with the top team being Leverkusen.
Francesco Farioli, 34 years old, Nice
Despite facing many difficulties in the opening matches of the 2023-24 season, Nice is currently unbeaten in Ligue 1, most notably with two away wins against PSG and Monaco. Fagioli has publicly admitted his admiration and gratitude for De Zerbi because of the 44-year-old coach’s great influence on his coaching career, and it is not surprising that he also has his reasons. similar to Brighton’s captain. Under Fagioli’s leadership, Nice is a team with a proactive playing style, recovering the ball quickly and attacking with large numbers.
Will Still, 31 years old, Reims
From a tactical perspective, Reims tends to favor efficiency and certainty – Still’s favorite tactical formation is 4-2-3-1 – over experimentation and risk-taking, which is common in teams. Young and inexperienced coach. Despite the media attention, remains very humble, repeatedly expressing his gratitude for being assigned the responsibility of head coach at such a young age, while continuing to focus on developing himself personally. tactical knowledge as well as building strong relationships with his players.
THIAGO MOTTA, 41 YEARS OLD, BOLOGNA
The former Brazilian-born midfielder is still mainly remembered for his illustrious playing career that included 30 appearances for the Italian national team, but now Motta is forging a promising coaching career despite his current status. is still relatively modest. It would be safe to say that Motta is being closely watched by top clubs across Europe, partly because of his impressive personality – straightforward, hard-working, and exuding authority.
Not surprisingly, Motta has tried to apply some of the characteristics from his years of personal competition to his coaching career. In the 4-2-3-1 system that the former midfielder deployed, Bologna is a team that is both aggressive, well-organized, and extremely difficult to break down – they have only conceded 7 goals. after nine games played in Serie A 2023-24 – despite having a squad of players that is the third youngest in the league.
Jagoba Arrasate, 45 years old, Osasuna
After taking over the head coach position of Osasuna in 2018, Arrasate immediately helped them promote to La Liga and since then the Pamplona team has never finished the season in a position outside the top 11. Last season’s 7th place was this club’s best achievement in the past 11 years, and Arrasate also brought them to the Copa del Rey final.
However, most importantly, during his 5-year tenure, this respected 45-year-old coach has strived to build a truly formidable “DNA” for Osasuna: A team that favors high, extreme pressing. fiery and said to have the most direct and bold playing style in La Liga.