Football coaches are the most important guides any football team needs to be successful. Without them, a team would lack direction and strategy on how to overcome their opponents. Coaches are usually thought of as old with grey hair and wrinkles on their brows gotten from years of learning and studying the beautiful game. These days a younger crop of managers is emerging on the scene, showing that all it requires to be a successful manager is a great tactical mind. Here are some of the best young managers in football right now.
In our list of the top youngest coaches in football, we are focusing on coaches that have coached, or are coaching a top football team, not an academy. Also, this list of the top youngest coaches in football are based on those aged 40 years and below.
1. Julian Nagelsmann (Bayern Munich) – 33 years old
At 33 years, Julian is one of the youngest football managers in the game right now. Despite his relatively young age, the German tactician has distinguished himself since his emergence in 2016, when he was appointed as 1899 Hoffenheim coach, at just 28 years of age, making him the youngest manager in German Bundesliga history. Nagelsmann’s impressive work at Die Kraichgauer earned him a move to ambitious German side RB Leipzig where he guided them to an unlikely UEFA Champions League semifinal. Julian has also helped to maintain their positions in the top Bundesliga echelons, finishing an impressive 3rd in his season with RB Leipzig. Leipzig are looking set to finish second in the league this season with a few games to go. Nagelsmann is set to make another step up, as it was announced that defending league champions Bayern Munich have signed Julian to a five-year deal effective July 1st, 2021.
2. Diego Martinez (Granada) – 40 years old
The Spanish manager is currently the head coach of Granada CF. In 2018 he helped the Islanders gain promotion back to the Spanish top-flight La Liga and competed in the 2019/2020 season as the youngest manager in the division at just 38 years of age.
3. Ryan Mason (Tottenham) – 29 years old
Following the surprising sack of former Tottenham Hotspur FC manager Jose Mourinho Mason was put in temporary charge of the club until the end of the season. At just 29 years of age, the former Spurs player is currently the youngest manager in English Premier League history.
4. Florian Kohfeldt (formerly Werder Bremen) – 38 years old
Florian is the second German on this list. The Werder Bremen coach at just 38 years is one of the youngest coaches in the Bundesliga. Kohfeldt helped them avoid relegation in the 2019/2020 season. However, he was sacked as coach of Werder Bremen on May 16th, 2021.
5. Steven Gerrard (Rangers FC) – 40 years old
The 40-year-old Glasgow Rangers FC Manager and Liverpool has continued to build his reputation as one of the best young coaches in the game. Gerrard, this season finally broke the Scottish Premier League monopoly toppling Celtic FC to win the league title this season.
6. Luka Elsner (K.V. Kortrijk) – 38 years old
The 38-year-old Slovenian football coach is currently the manager of Belgian team K.V. Kortrijk. He began coaching in 2013, and has gone on to manage six football clubs since then.
7. Wayne Rooney (Derby County) – 35 years old
Wayne Rooney is an English football legend who recently retired and became a football coach. He has the potential to become one of the top youngest coaches in football in a few years. He currently manages Championship club Derby County, after he previously served as interim player-manager.