Managers of top-flight football clubs have the most insecure jobs in the world. While a victory draws a lot of praise, a defeat invites a world of criticism. Gone are the days when managers stayed for several years at the same club like Sir Alex Ferguson did for Manchester United or Arsene Wenger’s reign at Arsenal. Keeping hold of the job for over three in itself an achievement these days.
Past glory no longer guarantees success, with Jose Mourinho, Louis Van Gaal, Rafael Benitez and Carlo Ancelotti are few such examples. A modern day successful manager is the one who updates himself to new tactics and adapts his team accordingly to the need. These are the managers who rise above the constant spotlight and intense scrutiny to emerge successful regularly.
Let’s check out the managers who are ruling the football world now:
Hans-Dieter Flick (Bayern Munich)
The German coach spent most of his career as an assistant at various clubs. He got his big break in November 2019 when Bayern Munich’s first-team manager Niko Kovac left the job. Starting as an interim manager, Flick got the fans on his side with the team’s no-fear approach. In no time, Bayern became the world beaters they used to be.
The aggressive attacking approach saw the German club dominate domestic and European competitions. No surprise when he was given the permanent manager role. Rewarding the top management for their trust, Flick delivered a hat-trick of titles – Bundesliga, domestic cup and Champions League. They are still showing no signs of slowing down and the manager deserves full credit for the club’s incredible run of form.
Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)
After Liverpool steamrolled through teams to win the English Premier League last season, an era of dominance from the Reds was expected. Many also termed it as the end of Guardiola’s dominance in England. But the master of ‘tiki-taka’ found a way to rise from the ashes. Manchester City have once again become the unstoppable force in the Premier League.
Enjoying a healthy lead at top of the table, Guardiola’s boys have finally cracked the code to find a balance between defensive structure and creativity in attack. Ruben Dias’ signing helped them shore up the defence, while the two defensive midfielders in Fernandinho and Rodri help the team maintain its shape when they lose the ball. Manchester City are fast emerging as the team to fear in Europe and all thanks to Guardiola for bringing back the winning mentality.
Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)
When Klopp came to Anfield, Liverpool were not even in the Champions League. League title seemed a distant dream. Then began project Klopp. In the first season, they reached Europa League final only to lose it to Sevilla. Couple of seasons later came the Champions League final, which they again lost it to another Spanish club – this time it was Real Madrid.
The next season, Liverpool won their first title under Klopp – Champions League, but lost the league title in heart-breaking fashion. Undeterred by the disappointment, Liverpool went on to win their first league title in 30 years the following campaign. From a regular Top-4 challenger, Klopp turned the Reds into what they are now and their fans will forever be grateful to him.