The young managers are beginning to take over from the old guard in most of the elite clubs in Europe. It’s safe to say that the prestigious managers are being phased out gradually.
The players who made their mark, playing for some of the elite clubs in Europe are assuming the managerial helm at those clubs. It comes as no major surprise going by the precedent that has been set by successful pioneers.
The likes of Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane are prime examples. Guardiola replaced Frank Rijkaard at Barcelona years back and built a very formidable Barcelona side that conquered Europe and world club football for years before he departed from the club.
This was a major feat for a rookie manager and his achievement with the Barcelona side will reverberate in the world of football for decades.
There’s also the story of Zinedine Zidane who replaced Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid and hit the ground running with an 11th UEFA Champions League triumph. This was a major achievement for the Frenchman who was a rookie manager at the time.
Zidane is currently the manager of Real Madrid and helped Los Blancos to wrestle the La Liga title from perennial rivals Barcelona in the 2019/20 campaign. The Blaugrana had dominated La Liga for years before this season.
It’s the same story in the Premier League where young managers are calling the shots in the big clubs. Frank Lampard who is new to management is currently calling the shots ate Chelsea and helped them finish in the top 4 in his first season.
This was in a season where Chelsea didn’t make new signings due to a transfer ban, forcing the Englishman to integrate youth players into the team.
Mikel Arteta is the new boss at Arsenal where he replaced Unai Emery in the second half of the season. He won the FA Cup trophy with Arsenal which ensured their qualification to next season’s Europe League after an average season.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is the boss at Old Trafford after replacing Jose Mourinho who has gone on to settle at Tottenham Hotspur. The Red Devils will be in the UEFA Champions League next season after finishing in the top 3 and still have their eyes on this season’s Europa League trophy.
The young managers are taking over gradually and are being eased into management roles at the elite clubs. The latest is Andrea Pirlo, who was appointed as the new boss at Juventus a few days back to replace Maurizio Sarri at the helm.
Juventus flattered to deceive this season and were average in the Serie A. Worst still, they were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League by a lowly rated Lyon who seem to have come alive this season but had no chance on paper.
Next season will be exciting as the newbies will be at the forefront and also challenge some of the oldies in the game, and we wait to see the ones that come out tops.