New Borussia Mönchengladbach boss Marco Rose has worked under Jürgen Klopp, alongside Martin Schmidt, and is almost as famous in Salzburg as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. bundesliga.com shines the spotlight on the talented young tactician set to light up the Bundesliga next season.
1) See Salzburg and succeed
This is Rose's first role in one of Europe's top five leagues, but as you might imagine, the reason he got it is that he has been successful elsewhere. And boy has he been successful in Salzburg. After moving to the city of Mozart in 2013, Rose worked with the club's junior teams, notably orchestrating an unexpected victory in the prestigious UEFA Youth League in 2016/17 with a U19 vintage that included current RB Leipzig man Amadou Haidara, beating Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona en route to a final win over Benfica.
He transferred his magical touch to the senior team when he took over from Oscar Garcia for the 2017/18 campaign, winning the Austrian league and reaching the UEFA Europa League semi-finals, including a round of 16 victory over Borussia Dortmund, with whom Rose will renew acquaintances next season. Boasting an Austrian Bundesliga record of 2.34 points per game as a coach, his team are nine points clear at the top of the table and in the Austrian cup final this season, meaning Rose will need to find space in his new house in Mönchengladbach for all his medals.
2) Another young'un
Born 11 September 1976 in Leipzig in what was then East Germany, Rose will be the fifth-youngest coach in the Bundesliga next season if the men currently in charge of their clubs remain in that position. Julian Nagelsmann at Hoffenheim, Mainz's Sandro Schwarz, Florian Kohfeldt of Werder Bremen and Boris Schommers at Nuremberg are the only tacticians younger than the 42-year-old, who is half-a-year the junior of Hertha Berlin's Pal Dardai.
3) In the name of the Rose
The grandson of ex-Germany international Walter Rose, Rose's own playing career started in his home town with Rotation 1950 Leipzig, where presumably he was in and out of the side… 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig was the left-back's next port of call before joining VfB Leipzig where he spent nine seasons.
He moved west to join Hannover in 2000 and helped them earn promotion to the top flight in 2002, but he was then loaned to Mainz back in the second division. He eventually made the move permanent, staying there until he ended his playing career in 2010 having also helped them into the top tier of German football.
4) Klopp is a fan
When Rose joined Mainz, Jürgen Klopp was a teammate, but within 12 months, the ex-Borussia Dortmund and current Liverpool coach had hung up his boots and become his boss. "I trust Marco in everything," Klopp told Rose while he was a guest on German TV.
"Marco can have any job and could do any job too, he is really the most hyped [coach] of all at the moment, everyone is asking about you." The high-tempo, attack-minded philosophy Rose instilled in Salzburg — his team have scored 15 more goals than any other side in the Austrian top flight this season — has more than a touch of Klopp's influence.
5) The next step…
Like Klopp, Rose's coaching career started at Mainz as he seamlessly swapped first-team duties for the role of player-assistant coach of the 05ers' reserve team under Martin Schmidt, who would go on to take charge of the first team and has just been appointed Augsburg coach.
"It's the ideal bridge from the world of a player to becoming a coach," said Rose of the opportunity. "This balancing act certainly won't be easy, but I'm sure we'll find the right mix. I can learn a lot from Martin Schmidt and make the next step." Since, Rose has taken a lot of steps — his next will be to test what he learned from Schmidt and Klopp against those men themselves.