Announcing a new coach at every football club comes with great excitement and huge expectations among fans, especially when the gaffer is a serial winner. Like fans, players also buckle up and want to be in the good books of the manager from the word ‘go’. Football pundits focus on tactics, style of play, in-game management and how the coach plans to change the fortunes of the club. Little or nothing is said about his educational qualifications.
Newsbreak.ng brings you names of Premier League’s best educated managers.
On Sunday, the Leeds United manager outfoxed Chelsea as his team put up an outstanding performance to defeat Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea 3-0. Marsch, an American, played 14 seasons as a midfielder in Major League Soccer (MLS).
Marsch graduated from Princeton University with a history degree and he produced a 117-page thesis entitled Shaken, Not Stirred: An Evaluation of Earthquake Awareness in California.
Graham Stephen Potter, an English professional football manager and former player, played as a left-back. He is the head coach of Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion.
He is one of the most educated Premier League managers with two degrees — one in social sciences and the other, a master’s in emotional intelligence.
Thomas Tuchel, a German professional football manager and former player, is the current head coach of Premier League club, Chelsea. He won the Champions League with the London Club, becoming the second manager to do so with the Blues. Thomas Tuchel has a business degree.
51-year-old Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola is a Spanish professional football manager and former player. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach has a sports degree.
Often regarded as one of the best managers in the world, Jürgen Klopp has shown his worth by winning the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, Capital One Cup, Community Shield, and World Club Cup with Liverpool. He also has a sports degree as part of his development as a coach.
The fiery Italian is a former player and the head coach of Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. A Premier League winner with Chelsea and Serie A winner with Inter Milan, Antonio Conte has a sports degree as well.
Current Brentford manager, Thomas Frank, is a Danish professional football coach and former amateur player. Having coached different Danish national youth teams, Frank became a senior manager with Brøndby IF in 2013. He also has a sports degree.
Portuguese football manager and current coach of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Bruno Lage is in the league of the aforementioned coaches, not in terms of trophies but with a sports degree.