It seems to be the current trend in German football, but with so many highly qualified coaches you can hardly blame them. Ali considers whether there is a future in internal recruitment.
Julian Nagelsmann is the poster boy for a movement which seems to be gaining strength within German clubs, namely the idea of promoting from within. The 29 year old was a key part of the set up at 1899 Hoffenheim when Markus Gisdol got the sack and Huub Stevens resigned, but his promotion to the top job certainly raised some eyebrows at the time. Nobody is complaining now (well, fans of Traditionsvereine maybe, just because it's Hoffenheim and they like a good moan...) and the success he has brought to the club has been outstanding. His side have gone from probable relegation candidates to competing for Europe in well under a year and the combination of young players and an intelligent system is working wonders.
Heading further up the road, Valerien Ismael (I'll have to get used to spelling that...!) has been promoted from the Wolfsburg second team to the first, replacing Dieter Hecking after a poor start to the season. Ismael has been around the Wolfsburg set-up for a while, first joining the club in 2013 and heading south to Nuremberg for just five months in mid-2014 before returning to the Wolves. He had limited success at Nuremberg but still finds himself in charge of Wolfsburg's first team after a short spell as interim manager in the immediate aftermath of Hecking's sacking. Another internal appointment, albeit one with less clear obvious success yet.
The voyage of discovery then takes us almost due east, to the capital Berlin. Very few people can claim to personify Hertha Berlin like Pal Dardai, the boss currently taking the club back towards the right end of the Bundesliga table. After a seventh placed, Europe League-worthy finish last season, Hertha have again started in fine form this year and are currently in 4th place. Dardai's playing career was almost exclusively spent in the German capital at the turn of the century and, a brief spell in charge of his native Hungary aside, the defensive-midfielder has been found on the sidelines at Hertha ever since his retirement. Now in charge of the first team, he and Nagelsmann really make the case for homegrown being allowed to take the top jobs.
There are other examples, in the Bundesliga and beyond, of people who know the club well being the perfect candidates to take over the managerial reigns. The most famous is Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, a match made over many years at the Nou Camp. Slightly lower down the pyramid, Martin Schmidt spent five years coaching the Mainz second team before graduating to the top job in 2015. Mainz have a strong record of promoting young coaches: Thomas Tuchel was given his chance there (although he doesn't fit in this context, having not been there for more than a year before getting his promotion) and Jürgen Klopp became the manager of the side soon after his retirement as a player, having spent the majority of his career where? You guessed it, Mainz.
There so many positive examples showing clubs the right way to appoint coaches: namely, it is far more important that they are qualified and competent, as well as knowing the club, the players and the way of life there, than that they have a recognisable face. FC Ingolstadt could do worse than to replace Markus Kauczinski (who, incidentally, fits this article perfectly thanks to his success at Karlsruhe after they promoted him from the second team) with someone from within the club. I am in no position to know who that could be, but there must be suitable candidates lower down their coaching pyramid. It is something they (and Hamburg, as and when they decide Gisdol can't perform the miracle of making that horrendous squad of players look even slightly average) should consider carefully.
The German coaching revolution is turning out world-class coaches at a fantastic rate. Soon the days of ex-players automatically getting the best coaching jobs could be well in the past. In my opinion, that day can't come soon enough; German clubs are leading the way once again.