In a footballing world so focused on the players and results, the many roles of a manger are easily overlooked. There’s so much more than selecting a formation or deciding between a tracksuit or proper suit to wear on the touchline. A manager must know the ins and outs of a club as well as the reasons a club has hired him. He must know the financial ability of the club when it comes to the transfer market, and how to persuade players to sign a contract. Rather than picking a formation he must know the abilities of his players and how they can implement a style he has set for them. He must be able to win, yet doing so in the signature way perhaps his upbringing has led him to. He often takes the blame for defeats yet receives little praise in victories. He must deal with the media, but arguably his harshest critics are those in the stands. It’s clear that these roles of a manager are much more than what meets the eye. He’s possibly, the most influential player who must settle for the bench.
And so, through this project we aim to look at four different managers around the world who’ve greatly influenced modern football. Pep Guardiola, Jürgen Klopp, Diego Simeone, and Sam Allardyce. We look at each manager under five lenses. The first being their influences growing up- mentors, cultural origins, and managerial style. Second, the tactics. We analyze a manager’s philosophy and the style of play that follows them regardless of which club they’re at. Next, is the money. In order to implement a style, a manager must assess which positions the team is lacking in and bring in players who can help. However, each manager is constrained to the amount of money the club has in order to bring these players. So, we look into the differences between the team the manager inherited and the one he has now, getting an idea of the massive amount of money involved in football but perhaps necessary for a club to succeed. We then look at the identity of both the club itself of where it’s located. Understanding the history of a club and it’s origins is important to grasp when discussing why a manager is the right fit. Finally, we discuss the importance of the supporters. The relationship between a manager and the supporters has become increasingly important in deciding the future of the club and is vital to a manager’s success.
From what started as a trainer observing from the touchline, has transformed to a manager directing his players. He is an extremely important part of a team’s success and through these different aspects we aim to understand what it is that makes for a great manager.