Xabi Alonso has extended his stay at the helm of Real Sociedad’s B-team until 2022, as revealed by the club’s Twitter account.
The latest update contravenes reports linking the former Liverpool star with a move back to Germany to take over Marco Rose’s Gladbach side, with the manager set to head to Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season.
— Real Sociedad Fútbol (@RealSociedad) March 26, 2021
While many of us were excited at the prospect of seeing the 39-year-old leading the Bundesliga outfit, we have to respect his commitment to Real Sociedad.
We can only imagine that Alonso’s decision was motivated by a desire to earn his stripes before embarking on his first major managerial role.
It’s a move that marks a deviation from another former player’s path into management, with Steven Gerrard having taken the Rangers role after only a year as a youth coach for Liverpool, though it could very well pay off for the Real Sociedad B boss in the long run.