It can be difficult to climb the ladder from being the number two at a club to eventually becoming the manager. While a lot of the brains come from assistant managers, not all venture into the top role.

Here are five assistant mangers who could progress into a management role in 2019. 

1. Germán Burgos


Germán Burgos is currently the number two under Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid. Simeone has been linked for a move away from the Spanish capital for a number of years, and if he does leave in 2019, Burgos could be the man to make the step up.

Burgos has been number two at Atletico since 2011 and been part of Europa League and La Liga triumphs. He took charge of the team for their UEFA Europa League final victory over Marseille last year as well as the UEFA Super Cup win over rivals Real Madrid in August. Burgos’ experience in Madrid could make him the quick fix, should Simeone eventually move on. 

2. Željko Buvač

Jurgen Klopp,Zeljko Buvac

Described by Jürgen Klopp as the brain behind his coaching while at Liverpool, Željko Buvač is not currently in a job and could make the step up to management level if clubs come calling. Buvač has spent 17 years working with Klopp at Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool before leaving Anfield last season.

The Bosnian was last linked with the recent Arsenal management position before Unai Emery was appointed.

3. Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta

Former Arsenal and Everton midfield Mikel Arteta is currently learning his trade under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

Like Buvač, Arteta was one of a number of names linked with the recent Arsenal vacancy and ran Emery before the former Sevilla boss eventually got the job. After Guardiola was given a suspension during the Champions League group stage this season, Arteta took to the touchline for the defeat to French side Lyon. Arteta has been part of City’s backroom staff since 2016 and could be a risk worth taking for Premier League sides in the near future. 

4. Michael Carrick

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer,Michael Carrick

Over to the red side of Manchester. Michael Carrick could soon join former England team mates Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in venturing into management.

The former Manchester United captain has recently stated his intentions to step into the limelight and was eyeing Jose Mourinho’s job after retiring last season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the man to succeed Mourinho following his sacking, though on an interim basis. With the United job looking to be available again in the summer, Carrick could throw his hat into the ring should he feel ready to make that step up.  

5. Craig Shakespeare


The former Leicester City assistant and manger is unemployed. Shakespeare’s last venture in football was assistant manager to Sam Allardyce at Everton.

Shakespeare was assistant to Claudio Ranieri during the Foxes’ historic Premier League title back in 2015/16. After the untimely sacking of Ranieri the following season Shakespeare was appointed the Leicester job on an interim basis. He currently holds the best start to a managerial reign by an Englishman by winning his first five league games in a row.  Shakespeare was given a three-year deal after his interim spell, but was sacked three months into his first season.

Although Shakespeare went back to an assistant role his start as Leicester boss clearly shows his capabilities to take a number one role.  


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