Xabi Alonso is coming back to a television screen near you as the former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich player has reportedly been chosen as the one to fill the vacant managerial role at Borussia Monchengladbach.
The Bundesliga outfit had been looking at replacements ever since Marco Rose announced his departure to take over the reins at Borussia Dortmund five weeks ago.
In a fascinating turn of events, according to ESPN commentator Derek Rae, it is understood that the appointment of the Spaniard at Gladbach has come quite out of the blue as the Liverpool great wasn’t even in the running for the job in the eyes of the media, the leading candidates were Jesse Marsch, Gerardo Seoane and current Ajax boss Erik ten Haag.
This is abrupt but quite pleasant at the same time, especially for Liverpool fans, who would now be seeing two of their recent legends in Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso foray into the world of senior management.
Check out the reaction after German news outlet Bild dropped the bombshell earlier today –
(@JanAageFjortoft) March 22, 2021
Synonymous with that famous night in Istanbul.— bet365 (@bet365) March 22, 2021
Star performances to help win the 2010 World Cup.
Four league titles & two Champions Leagues – a CV to rival the very best.
One of the coolest men in football.
Xabi Alonso will take charge of Borussia Mönchengladbach next season. pic.twitter.com/n53bCUEGJ6
This is a really smart move for @XabiAlonso. Always had the air of a player who would make a superb manager. Germany in general and Gladbach in particular is pretty much the ideal first step out of youth coaching. https://t.co/EAP9ae2HZb— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) March 22, 2021
xabi alonso back in the bundesliga, welcome back legend pic.twitter.com/0vnDXB72md— laura (@Iauramore) March 22, 2021
Quite the random announcement
Borussia Mönchengladbach did the usual Bundesliga thing of hiring some rando young coach with interesting ideas, it’s just the rando is Xabi Alonso.— Grace Robertson
(@GraceOnFootball) March 22, 2021
A good looking chap on the sidelines
According to reports, Xabi Alonso will become the new Borussia Monchengladbach manager this summer, and we’re already giddy with excitement to see how cool he looks on the touchline. pic.twitter.com/0dxkCOeSvV— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 22, 2021
Gladbach are already gaining new fans
now that i know alonso is going to be gladbach’s new manager i can start liking them again—
(@phillysflyers) March 22, 2021
Some are wary of the job that lies ahead for Xabi
Alonso clearly an intelligent person and with nearly 50 games in charge of a youth team he has some experience, but it is a big jump. Hope he can coach as calmly and as well as he played because the two are very different jobs.— Jonathan Harding (@JonBloggs66) March 22, 2021
Though you can be rest assured, Xabi’s got the attitude to succeed
As Xabi Alonso once told @Simon_Hughes__ “I don’t want to be known for what I have done. I want to be known for what I am doing” and he looks like he might get that chance at Borussia Mönchengladbach.. #BMG— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) March 22, 2021
Twitter thread detailing his experience as a coach so far
A glimpse of what’s to come, from the man himself –