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Red Bull's academy of coaches have heavy influence in the Bundesliga

Everyone in the world of football knows about the Red Bull empire.
The energy drink company have invested wisely in clubs in Salzburg, Leipzig, New York and Sao Paulo, and they're reaping the rewards.
The strategies and projects at Red Bull's clubs often focus on youth, with the likes of Naby Keita, Sadio Mane and Timo Werner being brought in while they are still at a malleable age.
However, there are also an exciting crop of young coaches coming through in these clubs.
There are currently six coaches in the Bundesliga that have come from Red Bull teams, including at four of the top five clubs in the current standings.

Julian Nagelsmann: RB Leipzig

The young German is one of the most promising coaches in the world and he's heavily tipped to join Bayern Munich at some point in the future.
After guiding Hoffenheim into the Champions League, he's decided to take on the challenge at RB Leipzig and is still the youngest coach in the Bundesliga at 32 years of age.

Niko Kovac: Bayern Munich
There were original doubts over whether the Croatian could handle being in charge of Bayern but, after winning the Bundesliga last season, it looks like he's found his feet.
His links with Red Bull were made a decade ago when he started coaching in the Red Bull Salzburg academy in 2009. After two years in that job, he became Riccardo Moniz's assistant in the first team in 2011.

Marco Rose: Borussia Monchengladbach
Having spent two successful seasons in charge of Red Bull Salzburg, Rose was drafted in to lead Borussia Monchengladbach into a new era.
After seven games, Rose's Gladbach are top of the Bundesliga with just one draw and one defeat to their name so far.

Oliver Glasner: Wolfsburg
Glasner's Wolfsburg are the only team left unbeaten in the Bundesliga this season after four wins and three draws from their opening seven fixtures.
Glasner started his career at Red Bull Salzburg in the sporting department rather than on the touchline before becoming Roger Schmidt's assistant between 2012 and 2014.

Adi Hutter: Eintracht Frankfurt
Hutter replaced Kovac as Eintracht Frankfurt boss in 2018 and was in charge of a team consisting of Luka Jovic, Sebastien Haller and Ante Rebic.
He lost all three of his potent forwards in the summer, but Eintracht haven't fallen too far off the pace. They currently sit in midtable, yet they are just three points off third.
Hutter's final days as a player came at Red Bull Salzburg before he went into coaching in the club's youth ranks. He took charge of the first team in 2014 and won the league and cup double before leaving for Young Boys.

Achim Beierlorzer: FC Koln
Beierlorzer is the oldest of the Red Bull graduate coaches in the Bundesliga and his newly-promoted Koln have endured a tough start to the campaign.
He spent time working as Ralf Rangnick's assistant at RB Leipzig, as well as roles as academy coach and interim head coach.
It's not just in the Bundesliga where Red Bull's coaches find themselves thriving. Ralph Hasenhuttl has become popular with Southampton fans for the way he helped the team stay in the Premier League last season. Hasenhuttl guided RB Leipzig to the Champions League during his time in Germany.

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