Building a reputation and earning respect as a coach can be difficult, even after years in management, Xabi Alonso has done it within a few years and all without doing one big job.
The 39-year-old serial trophy winner, a former player for Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, has been the tip of most people to become the next big player in management – he knows that picking his first top spot will be crucial. are to make the big come true. expectations.
image reported earlier this week that he had agreed to take over Borussia Monchengladbach, but announced on Friday that he was extending his contract as coach of Real Sociedad’s B-team until 2022.
Xabi Alonso has earned a reputation as a respected coach as Real Sociedad’s B team principal
Alonso met the German club a few weeks ago, but several clubs are interested in taking him on when he leaves Real Sociedad and after his last announcement we now know that his departure will take a year from now.
Also on that list of long-term suitors is Bayern Munich. They can keep an eye on him for the longer term, but it is also true that they can look for a replacement for Hansi Flick if he leaves for the German national team in the summer.
For the time being, Alonso will remain the coach of Real Sociedad’s B-team. Their reluctance to lose him is understandable. They missed his best years as a player when he left for Liverpool, they also don’t want to miss his best years as a coach.
In part, it is their recent success that influenced Alonso’s decision to consider his options.
Real Sociedad boss Imanol Alguacil has impressed, leaving no room for Alonso to get promoted
Becoming the first team coach at ‘La Real’ may have been the perfect next step, but his path has in fact been cut by the way current coach Imanol Alguacil thrived as the manager, leading the team to last year’s Spanish cup final against neighbors Athletic Bilbao (which will eventually be played on April 3 after both clubs tried unsuccessfully for fans to attend the game).
Last year, Alguacil took the team to the Europa League and they are on track to qualify again for next season’s league.
You won’t find anyone at Real Sociedad who doesn’t want Alonso to take over one day, but you won’t find too many who think the time must be now; Alguacil is doing so well.
That has encouraged him to look beyond his home club’s Zubieta training ground.
It is no secret that in his last years as a player he very consciously started a kind of master’s degree in football management.
After learning from Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti at Liverpool and Real Madrid, he moved to Germany to play his final seasons with Bayern Munich under Pep Guardiola.
He has played for some of the most tactically astute managers, including Rafa Benitez
Alonso was also part of Real Madrid’s LaLiga-winning squad under Jose Mourinho (right)
The German club he left four years ago remains a possible next step. But again, the timing could be.
Flick’s departure would create a vacancy, but despite Karl-Heinz Rummenigge always wanted Alonso to take charge one day, it would still be a big call for his first job at the job in Germany, despite everything fluent in German and Bayern left a legend after his move from Real Madrid.
Borussia Monchengladbach may have been a fascinating new chapter. It’s a well-organized club.
They have a talented sports director in Max Eberl and while they can count on a history and a good base of support, the pressure to bring success quickly would not have been the same as if he went to Schalke or Dortmund.
Qualifying for the Champions League and then making it to the knockout rounds may well be the ceiling of the feat, and they are a selling club that Granit Xhaka, Thorgan Hazard, Marc-Andre ter Stegen have not been able to hold on to, but it shouldn’t needed. pose a problem for a young manager to prove that he can surpass a club whose resources should limit them from taking on the giants of European football.
He moved to Germany to play his last seasons with Bayern Munich under the direction of Pep Guardiola (left)
If Alonso wants another base camp on his way to the top of football management, a club like Monchengladbach would have been a good option.
But the same can be said for Real Sociedad and for now, as he did so many times in his career as a player, he has put his foot on the ball.
Alonso has already left an indelible impression on Real Sociedad. Last season, the B team he coaches missed the playoffs, but the form of so many of his young players was such that several made a step into the first team this season.
Real Sociedad started this campaign with 16 players in the first team who had made it through the club’s own youth academy.
Alonso has left his mark on Sociedad, but may have to leave soon to build a long-lasting legacy
It was more than any other team in La Liga. That’s the problem with being a B team manager: the better you do, the faster you lose your players to the first team.
Ultimately, it’s time for him to go where he can build something that will last a little longer. It could be to take the number one job at Real Sociedad.
If that opportunity does not arise, at what point does a Bayern, a Liverpool or a Madrid call?
It’s hard to remember a rookie with so many potential short and long term suitors.