Jurgen Klopp in 2015 after his engagement at Borussia Dortmund, Thomas Tuchel even twice ( in 2014 after five years at FSV Mainz 05 and two years at Borussia Dortmund), successfull football coaches get more and more demanded and the coaches‘ urge for a break increases. These international top coaches have chosen the same way as Klopp and decided to take a sabbatical.
Zinedine Zidane (46)
After Zidane has functioned for nearly four years at Real Madrid as co-trainer and youth coach, in 2016 he moved up as head coach and celebrated in his term of barely three years major successes.
With „Los Blancos“ he won the UEFA Champions League three times in a row and moreover secured the Spanish championship. All of a sudden he announced in the end of the season 2017/2018 his withdrawal. „After three years, I think it’s time to leave, it’s difficult to continue coaching after that length of time“, he explained at the final press conference. „I didn’t see clearly that we’re going to continue winning definitely. There comes a moment when you believe that it’s better to make a change, so as not to stay too long and make mistakes“, Zidane shed at that time light on his motives. His adviser Alain Migliaccio added towards Le Journal Du Dimanche he was ‚emotionally exhausted‘. For two months, barely ten months after his break, Zidane has returned – as head coach of Real Madrid.
Pep Guardiola (48)
In 2008 Guardiola moved up as head coach of the 26th times Spanisch champion FC Barcelona after he has coached the reserve team for one year.
The achievements he celebrated in his four years of term have been phenomenal. Overall he collected 14 trophies, among them twice the UEFA Champions League, three times the Spanish championship and two Spanish cups. Nevertheless, after that he made a cut. „Four years at Barcelona is an eternity“, Guardiola explained in his final press conference. „I’m drained and I need to fill up. The demand has been very high and a manager must be strong. The new coach will give things I’m not able to anymore. You can only recover by resting. It would have been a bad decision to continue. We have lived too many strong things together to run the risk that this goes wrong. I know this is the best possible place, but it is my time to go. I’m satisfied beyond the results in the way we’ve done it“, Guardiola added comprehensively. After his admission Guardiola moved to New York for one year, learned English and German. The two languages he needed at his next jobs as head coach of Manchester City and FC Bayern München.
Luis Enrique (49)
Past annual jobs as head coach of AS Roma and Celta Vigo he started in 2014 as coach of FC Barcelona.
In his three years of term Enrique collected nine titles, including the Champions League, two Spanish championships and three Spanish cups. However in 2017 the Barca romance was over. „If I’m leaving Barcelona, my home, where I have a great relationship with the club and the players, it’s purely for tiredness. I need to recover. I’m not thinking about other teams. It will be a year to recover, but now what’s left to do is to end the season with all our objectives achieved“, explained Enrique his sabbatical. During that year Enrique kept low profile. The former successfull player (inter alia three Spanish championships) only was seen participating in professional mountain bike competitions. Since summer 2018 Enrique is coaching the Spanish national team and is willed to lead „La Furia Roja“ in 2020 to the EM title.
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