Could we see Germany gaffer Joachim Low in the Premier League?by Andy Dillon / 06 October 2017, 12:26Tweet
ARSENE WENGER once said that every football team reflects the personality of its manager.
It’s no coincidence that Germany coach Joachim Low’s concrete-set, jet black hair is never out of place.
With an enviable lack of fuss, game after game of supreme football and a 100 per cent win rate, Low has ushered his country to another World Cup finals. Watch out world.
In 11 years as the boss, Low could well claim that this is the best and most consistent football his team has played but he won’t.
What has gone under the radar though in a key week of qualifiers for Russia next summer is something Low said before kick off in Northern Ireland on Thursday night.
Now 57, and looking distinctly like Richard Madeley, Germany’s supremely yet quietly confident manager answered questions about his future with impressive ease in an hour-long press conference at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast.
“Retirement is far from my mind, I'm enjoying life as it stands, have a contract running for some more years. I can quite imagine taking over at a club at one point. I love being on the pitch with players and working with them.”
It was mentioned in passing in the same way someone would reveal what they had eaten for breakfast that morning. It should, however, already have the biggest Premier League clubs scrambling into action, drawing up contracts and getting ahead of the game to secure Low for themselves when he does pack it in with ‘Die Mannschaft’.
Low is doing things a bit differently. His managerial experiences at club level before joining the German football federation were moderate. No Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund or Juventus like Antonio Conte, now at Chelsea.
Managing Germany has really been his Launchpad. Unless things go really wrong, and one look at that hair again reminds you it just won’t, he can walk into any of the biggest teams in the league where all the money is - in England.
Best of all, he has won a World Cup and turned Germany into the best international team on earth without having to spend a penny. Transfer budgets are irrelevant to national team managers.
That’s the testing ground of a coach’s skill, as England boss Gareth Southgate is finding out.
Like Germany, England have qualified for the next World Cup - their sixth in a row - yet there is an overbearing sense of despondency because the players are not performing to their best and the Premier League’s dominance is draining Southgate’s talent pool.
Low made a point of upping the tempo of Germany’s football when he succeeded Jurgen Klinsmann as manager. To watch them zip their way around a pitch is spectacular and worrying at the same time if you’re not German.
He has players from Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Paris St.Germain at his disposal yet they are all desperate to do well for him and for their homeland during international breaks.
It would be entirely plausible for the German players to go off the boil, treat their time playing for their country as an inconvenience in between amassing honours and wealth for their clubs but they don’t.
Low clearly has a motivational x-factor, a way of managing his superstars to make them proud and desperate to represent Germany. It’s working and he does it on a transfer budget of nil.
With skills like that just imagine what he could do at your club?
If I were running any of the big five clubs in England I’d be very interested. If I were Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte, Arsene Wenger or Jurgen Klopp, I’d be very afraid.