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5 Rising managers to keep an eye on in 2020-21

Football management is a minefield. It is a difficult business and the lifespan of a football manager is
short. In 2016, Premier League managers had an average lifespan of 91 games in the hotseat. One
season later, managers averaged 1.53 years in the job.

Managers may come and go, however, there are some rising coaches making a name for themselves.
These managers could go on to big things in the future and build on already sterling careers in football.
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Marco Rose – Borussia Monchengladbach

German manager Marco Rose cut his teeth at Red Bull Salzburg before landing the head coach job at
Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach. After making his way through Red Bull Salzburg’s youth
academy, he took over the senior side and won the Austrian Bundesliga title. He also led the club to the
Europa League semifinals. In 2019, he joined Monchengladbach and took them to Champions League
qualification. His teams play an exciting style of football that is attractive to watch.

Jesse Marsch – Red Bull Salzburg

Former United States international player Jesse Marsch took over the reins at Red Bull Salzburg when
Rose departed. After a middling managerial career in the US with Montreal Impact and New York Red
Bulls, the Austrian club saw something in Marsch others didn’t. In back to back campaigns, the 46-year-
old led the Red Bulls to Champions League qualification. In 2019-20, the club qualified for the
Champions League group stage for the first time ever thanks to Marsch’s coaching.

Julian Nagelsmann – RB Leipzig

Julian Nagelsmann was appointed manager of Hoffenheim at the tender age of 28. After impressing in
the club’s youth setup and being nicknamed as the “mini-Mourinho”, Hoffenheim promoted
Nagelsmann to senior squad head coach. In his first full season as manager of Hoffenheim, Nagelsmann
led the club to Champions League qualification. He moved to RB Leipzig where he recently took the
team to the semifinals of the Champions League. Nagelsmann is just 33-years old.

Andre Villas-Boas – Marseille

At one time, Andre Villas-Boas was on the verge of being the next Jose Mourinho. However, the English
media killed his career at Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. After departing Spurs, Villas-Boas managed
Zenit St. Petersburg before heading off to China where he coached Shanghai SIPG. In 2019, he was given
the chance to return to Europe and lead Marseille. Since taking over the team, he has reminded football
fans and pundits of what made him such as bright young manager in the first place. His first season at
the Stade Velodrome saw him lead the club to Champions League qualification.

Julien Stephan – Rennes

In 2019-20, Julien Stephan lead Rennes to qualification to the Champions League for the first time ever.
The 40-year-old took the reins at Rennes in December 2018. Long known as a club with a brilliant

development system, Stephan transformed the first-team into a tough to defeat side and top-four
contender. Stephan has posted a 48.78%-win success rate as of October 2020.