Top 5 young football managers

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As 29-year old Julian Nagelsmann approaches the end of a highly-successful first year in charge of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, we look at other relative youngsters who have helmed club or country.

5. Eddie Howe

Attilio Lombardo might hold the record as the youngest-ever manager in the Premier League at 32 years and 67 days for his first game in charge of Crystal Palace in 1998, but the young man of the moment seems to be Eddie Howe, who saw everything he touched turn to gold when he took over at Bournemouth at age 32.

Howe’s two spells with the club hauled them from the League Two relegation zone to 10th on the Premier League table.

4. Lippo Hertzka

Then-25-year-old Ucha Sosiashvili led Dila Gori to the Umaglesi Liga title in Georgia in 2014-2015, but he did not start as young as Hungarian Lippo Hertzka, who guided Real Madrid unbeaten to the La Liga title in 1931-1932 at age 28.

Hertzka, born on November 19, 1904, started out with Athletic Bilbao in 1923, which works out to the tender age of 19.

He played for Essener Turnerbund, MTK Budapest and Real Sociedad before managing seven teams up till 1948.

However, neither of them are the youngest to win a first-division title. That honor might go to then-22-year-old Dane John Rodgaard in the Faroe Islands when TB Tvoroyri collected the league crown in 1977.

The player-manager won six titles in eight years while working days as a painter.

3. Niall McGuinness

Born after the Welsh Premier League came into existence, Niall McGuinness took charge of his first game aged 24.

He said he began coaching at 19, so managing was an expectation, but perhaps not so early.

Rhyl drew his first game in charge, albeit against Haverfordwest, the only team lower than Rhyl at the time.

Currently, they lie ninth out of 12 teams, having picked up five wins.

In North Wales there is another 24-year-old, Tom Shorrocks of Welsh Alliance League Division Two club Mochdre Sports.

2. Luis Zubeldia

In South America, Luis Zubeldia took his first manager’s role in 2008 with Club Atletico Lanus. He was 27 at the time, making him the youngest manager in the history of the Argentine Primera Division.

In 2004 he was forced out of his playing career at 23 years of age due to a knee osteochondritis dissecans.

As manager, he led Lanus to fourth in the Torneo Apertura in 2008 and qualified for the 2009 Copa Libertadores.

In 2011 he was hired to direct Barcelona, a stint that ended in acrimony after a disagreement with Barca president Antonio Noboa.

1. Vanessa Arauz

Ecuador manager Vanessa Arauz led the South American side to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada last year at age 26, the youngest person to coach at a World Cup.

She surpassed Juan Tramutola, who helmed Argentina at the men’s 1930 event at age 28.

“The record will be very nice … but as always I don’t want to be recognized for an achievement [of this sort],” Arauz said at the time.

With only three years of coaching experience, Arauz took over in the final stages of South American qualifying, coaching Ecuador to three wins and four losses with a team of amateurs to reach the finals.

She was also the first female to be certified as a coach in Ecuadorian history.

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