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“I would like a different name.” Golovin was lucky with the new Monaco coach Adolf Hütter

Date: June 18, 2024 Time: 11:37:03

Adolf Hutter became the new head coach of Monaco – a contract was signed with a specialist until 2028. Exactly a month ago, Philippe Clement was fired from the club for not being able to lead the team to European competition, ending the season only in the sixth place.

The Austrian is not called Adolf at all: from childhood and throughout his career it was Adi, although the coach heard a lot of jokes in his life due to the consonance of the first and last name (in German it is written like this: Adolf Hütter) ) with another world famous Adolf.

“You can’t be completely happy with that name, even if you don’t really understand anything as a child,” he said during an interview on Hit Radio FFH in 2018. – When I was a child, there were always jokes related to my name and my past. My parents wanted to call me something else, but my father’s brother died in an avalanche at the age of 27, and my grandmother, who was also my godmother, insisted that Adolf stay in the family. The parents were not easy to persuade, but they finally agreed. Of course, I would like a different name. But my mom always called me ‘Adi’ and that’s what everyone has been calling me ever since.”

Adi Hutter

Photo: Daniel Kopatsch/Getty Images

Coaching career: double with Salzburg, first championship in 32 years for Young Boys and fairy tale with Eintracht in the Europa League

Hütter spent his entire playing career in Austria: he became a three-time champion with Austria, and also reached the UEFA Cup final with the team – 1993/1994, in which he even scored a goal (but did not help – Inter won). In 2007 (at the age of 37) I had to finish, an Achilles tendon injury prevented me from continuing to play. After the end of his career, he remained in Austria, which by that time had already become RB Salzburg, as assistant head coach of the second team. A year later, he was appointed boss, and it was a good experience at first, but he began to grow as a coach in another club: Adolf managed Altach, which was not far from his hometown.

In 2009, when Hütter arrived there, the team had just been relegated from the first division, so he was given the obvious task of returning to the elite. It wasn’t easy: in the first year, 20 players left the club and Hütter had to rebuild everything. Altach took third place, second the following season, and already in the third, when there were only eight games left to the end of the season, the Austrian was fired because the team was second again, not first. He admitted that it was hard, but he learned from the experience, and with the next club, Grödig, which was also in the second division, he reached the Bundesliga in just one season. Ironically, Altach finished second again, 10 points behind the former coach’s team. The result was a surprise: at the beginning of that season, the fans prayed that the team would not sink into the third division, and already at the end they made plans for Grödig to gain a foothold in the Bundesliga for as long as possible. .

Adolf Hutter

Monaco’s new manager

“I am a person who tries to achieve success, not to avoid failure. Sometimes they hit you on the head and you’re left lying on the ground. But you always have to get up again.

He rethought Grödig’s game in the Bundesliga: if in the Second Division he put more football based on possession of the ball, here he needed fast and dynamic players. The idea worked: after 28 games in the 2013/2014 season, Grödig was second, only behind Red Bull Salzburg. No one in the league was as good at set pieces as Grödig. As a result, the team took bronze, and Hütter received an offer from Salzburg, this time to take the position of head coach of the first team.

Adolf Hutter

Monaco’s new manager

“At the time, Salzburg’s sporting director was Ralf Rangnick and I liked his style of play. Soccer is entertainment; crowds of people come to the stadiums to watch the inspiring game, what is it? That’s right, it’s attacking football. But this requires fast players. When you look at the Premier League now, there are so many fast players. All the players are in good shape, fast, physically strong.”

In one season, Hütter created a machine: he built a 4-4-2 formation with great finishers: striker Jonathan Soriano scored 46 goals and provided 20 assists in a season in all competitions, Marcel Sabitzer scored 27, Brazilian Alan another 24 That season, Salzburg scored 99 goals in the league alone, and also scored a double – the championship and the cup. And in this promotion, Hütter left the club.

“I was happy to take these titles, but I wanted to win more,” he said. “However, at Salzburg it was clear that every year the best players leave the club. I didn’t want to start each preseason with a lot of new players. The club and I had different opinions about the team, but we are still professionals and we decided to terminate my contract. When I started my coaching career, I told myself that if I ever get an offer to coach abroad, I should do it. After three months at home, I received an offer from Young Boys from Switzerland and realized it was time to go.

Salzburg Champion-2014/2015

Photo: Andreas Schaad/Bongarts/Getty Images

When Hütter arrived in Switzerland, Basel were champions for six years in a row. Young Boys have not won since 1986 and only five times became the second in all this time. The Austrian lined up his favorite 4-4-2 again: high pressing and fast vertical movement of the ball made the Young Boys an interesting team, but not good enough to win the league in the first season. The team was 14 points behind Basel and 17 points the next, so when Hütter told the team in pre-season that he wanted to be champion next season, the players looked at him as if he was crazy.

“Maybe he was, but Basel changed managers,” he said. – They invited a young coach in the person of Rafael Vicky. I knew what it was like to go from the second team to the first team and I saw our opportunity.

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In that season, Young Boys fell away from Basel by 15 points and became champions for the first time in 32 years. This led Hutter to a new step in his career, this time in Germany: the Austrian was appointed head coach of Eintracht. There he started frankly badly: 0: 5 at home to Bayern in the German Super Cup, 1: 2 against the team from the fourth division Ulm in the Cup, and after five games in the championship, Eintracht had only four points. But the club supported him, they said they believe in the coach. As a result, that season he reached the semifinals of the Europa League, and in the championship he placed seventh. Then the three strikers who made up the attack power of Hüller’s team left: Luka Jovic, Sebastien Aller and Ante Rebic. The game had to be rebuilt again, and this did not work out in favor of Eintracht: 9th place, but the semi-final of the German Cup. In 2021 the problems began within the club, although the team did well and even fought for a place in the Champions League. Borussia Monchengladbach approached Hütter with an offer during that season, and yet he decided to leave Eintracht.

“Towards the end of the season, after I made the decision to leave, we had problems,” he recalled. – We suffered a really disastrous defeat away from home against Schalke, who had already been relegated, in the penultimate game, ending up in fifth position. I think that together with Bayern that season we showed the best football in Germany. Missing out on qualifying for the Champions League was hard for everyone.”

Hütter did not work out with Borussia: opinions on football were so different that the parties parted ways after one season. And the Austrian decided to take a break from football.

Adolf Hutter

Monaco’s new manager

“In my 14 years as head coach, I played almost 600 games. You make a lot of mistakes when you start out, but you learn with each game, and the number of mistakes decreases over time. You will learn that being a coach is more than just getting on the field and training. You are a communicator, a motivator; you bring your style of football to the team, and for that you need player relations. I am happy with what I have become. Now I’m ready for the next step.”

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For Golovin, as for anyone alive, it’s a good thing that he didn’t come to Hutter seven or eight years ago. The coaches of the conditionally German school divided into two unequal groups around the time when Zeljko Buvac disagreed with Jurgen Klopp. The former, much more numerous, continued to defend the ideals of physical dominance on the field and total pressure/counterpressure, which ended up turning the German championship into air hockey with 10 possessions per minute. The second, led by Klopp, began to move towards moderate pressing and more emphasis on positional football.

So if Golovin came to Hütter seven years ago, he would have worked hard: Adi then strictly belonged to the first big group of German coaches. I still have a screenshot from the control match (!) Of his team on my phone, where in the 70th minute seven outfield players counter-pressed on three square meters on the opposing goal.

Pressed by Team Hütter

Photo: Frame of the transmission.

Now Hütter has gradually moved towards Klopp. Counter-pressing and pushing the opponent to the side with pressure is still an important weapon of his teams, but it is no longer a dogma. You will definitely have to run less, and the Hütter teams usually play interesting football with the ball. In fact, Adi often does not need classic wingers, but he needs additional midfielders in the winger position, ready to tie the game with his back to someone else’s goal. Monaco’s game in the middle can be as fluid as possible: the “eights” and full-backs often change positions between the lines, alternately playing with their faces and backs to other people’s goals. For Sasha, this is an added bonus, as the ability to lock down actions on the ball by opening up short shots from an inside position is one of the best aspects of his game play. Hütter will definitely appreciate this, and in positional attacks, Golovin’s influence will surely be high.

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