News : Bundesliga: Xabi Alonso should be Gladbach coach – sport
The Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach has apparently found a successor for coach Marco Rose – and the result seems somewhat spectacular: According to information from image and the Sports picture The Spaniard Xabi Alonso, 39, will take over the post this summer. However, the association does not initially confirm this. “We do not comment on this story and will contact you if there is anything to report,” said club spokesman Markus Aretz on Monday of the German press agency.
The former FC Bayern midfielder is currently coaching Real Sociedad San Sebastián’s second team, with whom he is currently top of the table in Spain’s third division. There they are still covered, in response to SZ’s request, the club said: “At the moment we can only confirm that he is concentrating on his job as coach of the B-Team at Real Sociedad.” His contract in his home country is reported to expire this summer, but according to the Spanish media, the matter with Gladbach is not quite fixed yet.
“In his environment, the change is neither confirmed nor denied,” wrote the Madrid newspaper Marca. Alonso consultant Inaki Ibánez also expressed himself accordingly Sport1: “As a matter of principle, I don’t comment on rumors. We’ll see what the future holds.” But of course Alonso would be a coup for the Gladbachers. It is well known that there is a need for a new trainer. The current coach Marco Rose will move to league rivals Borussia Dortmund for five million euros in the summer – for weeks there has been speculation about who will succeed him.
No confirmation from San Sebastián because of Alonso and Gladbach
Should it be Alonso, the club could adorn itself with a worldwide reputation. In 2017 Alonso ended his long and successful professional career and soon took over a youth team from Real Madrid. He played for the “Royal” from 2009 to 2014, and before that for five years for Liverpool FC. With the “Reds” he also won the Champions League in 2005, and nine years later with Real. His signing at Borussia would be quite a surprise, because Alonso still has little to show as a coach – he only wanted to learn from small teams.
As a player, however, he was a strategist who many companions trusted early on as a second career as head coach. Shortly after the end of his career, the Basque, who was shaped in his career by José Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti, announced that he wanted to become a coach. In the long term, it is also an option for FC Bayern – and Real Madrid.
Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge raved about Alonso’s abilities in the podcast “Phrasenmower” a few months ago. He has “this empathy that you need. Especially with today’s generation of players to spin such a common thread with them.” That is why he believes “that one day he will be a coach who may be of interest to FC Bayern at some point in the future.”
Max Eberl’s contacts to Bavaria – also because of Alonso?
Gladbach manager Max Eberl, who has maintained close contacts with FC Bayern since his time as a young professional in Munich and was repeatedly considered a candidate for functionaries on the Isar, found out about Alonso in Munich. By the way, Alonso himself once moved to Germany because of Guardiola. “He had an irrepressible enthusiasm. The seasons in football are long and he never looked tired. He was alert and always ready,” he said.
His name hadn’t been mentioned in Gladbach before, but that is now changing. Previously, names like Ralf Rangnick, Florian Kohfeldt (Werder Bremen), Adi Hütter (Eintracht Frankfurt), Gerardo Seoane (Young Boys Bern) or Jesse Marsch (Red Bull Salzburg) were played on the rumor exchange. In the end it will probably be someone with an even greater reputation – but who has yet to earn his merits as head coach. Alonso speaks good German and even better English, so he could use his talent as a communicator and visionary directly.