On the eve of 2022/23 season, four clubs, Schalke, Borussia M’Gladbach, Valencia and Fenerbahce, have appointed their new manager to lead their new campaign.
Two Bundesliga sides, Schalke and Gladbach, apparently opted to different approach to name their new bosses. The Royal Blues which just made their instant return to the top flight, did not sack Michael Buskens, an interim coach leading their comeback this season. They turn to a more experienced figure, Frank Kramer, to guide them better than a caretaker. He would return to his post as an assistant coach next season. Meanwhile, Glabach parted ways with Ado Hutter after only finishing in the mid table instead of playing in the continental competition. However, his successor is not exactly more experienced or even well-known one. The club eventually chose the former Norwich City boss, Daniel Farke.
Frank Kramer appears to be definitely a better figure than Buskens. He is the former head coach of Arminia Biefield. He helped Biefield avoid relegation in 2020/21 season but then was dismissed due to his team’s poor results in last April. Previously, the 50-year old boss was in charge of Fortuna Dusseldorf and Greuther Furth back in 2015 and 2013 respectively. Under his reign, Arminia Biefield’s most notable result were the away victory over Bayer Leverkusen in 2020/21, against RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt in 2021/22.
Daniel Farke, on the other hand, has never been at the helm of any Bundesliga side. He is more well-known in England due to his success for leading Norwich City to the promotion twice in four years. Farke’s campaign in EPL was not exactly convincing as his spells in The Canaries only to affirm the club’s status as one of the yo-yo teams. It is the term given for the clubs who often get relegated and promoted almost instantly. His only experience in German soil was as the coach of Dortmund reserve team in between 2015 and 2017. His achievement is actually no match to Ado Hutter who once brought Frankfurt to Europa League semifinal in 2020.
In the meantime, La Liga side Valencia eventually dismissed Pepe Bordalas despite Los Ches’s success to reach Copa Del Rey final. Unfortunately, their domestic campaign was still disappointing as Carlos Soler and Co only finished nine on the table and missed the European competition once again. The club quickly named Gennaro Gatusso as Bordalas’s replacement. Gatusso is definitely more reputable due to his fine stints in AC Milan and Napoli. The world cup winner in 2006 once led Il Partenopei clinch Copa Italia title in 2021 after beating Juventus on penalties. His experience in the top level teams should be useful to inspire Los Ches’s rise to compete in the top five again.
Last but not least, the former Benfica and Flamengo manager, Jorge Jesus, has agreed to take charge Fenerbahce for one year only. He is tasked to bring back the club’s glory by winning the league title which was last won eight seasons ago. Last season, Fenerbahce only finished second below Trabzonspor in the final standings, whereas Jesus left his post during his disappointing second spell in Benfica earlier this year.