Back in the day, teams relied on the services of ‘older’ coaches, but today the game has changed and we are finding more managers under the age of 40 taking up the role on the sidelines.
Today, the Fan Park crew looks at five of the best managers yet to hit the big four zero!
Andrea Stramaccioni (Udinese – Age 39)
The young coach emerged onto the scene as Jose Mourinho and Claudio Ranieri’s heir after winning the NextGen series with Inter’s Primavera team back in 2011/12. Arriving as a caretaker coach back in 2012, Stramaccioni led Inter to a sixth place finish. His next season was less than convincing and he soon found himself having to look for a new job. He is currently at Udinese.
Garry Monk (Swansea City – Age 35)
After taking over from Michael Laudrup as head coach, Monk has revived the team by employing a revolutionary passing game. Should they overcome the loss of Wilfried Bony and string together some results, they could make a late push for the top six, and it remains to be seen where Monk will take his coaching career from here.
Vincenzo Montella (Fiorentina – Age 40)
The former Roma and Fulham striker went straight from prowling the box as a player to shouting on the sidelines as a coach. Even at the age of 40, Montella boasts some great experience, having already been in the coaching game for four years now. He is highly adored by the people of Florence.
Andre Villas Boas (Zenit Saint Petersburg – Age 37)
After having lifted both Portuguese Cup and the UEFA Europa League with Porto, Villas Boas was deemed the next Jose Mourinho. Like his compatriot, he followed suit to Chelsea, where he was initially a big success, but as the season drew on, AVB saw his relationship with the Blues end. He then went on to coach Tottenham Hotspur before also failing to win over the critics. He is now currently on the books of Zenit Saint Petersburg.
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco – Age 40)
Jardim is a rare breed of coach that can claim that he has coached seven clubs by the time he hit 40. After having first tested his tutoring skills in the lower leagues of Portugal, he then landed up taking over at Olympiacos as well as Sporting Lisbon. He is now currently managing millionaire club, Monaco. Great things are expected of him.
Which Under-40 coach is your favourite?