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Xabi Alonso appointed as new Bayer Leverkusen manager

Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen will be hoping for a change in their fortunes soon as they announced the appointment of former Liverpool and Real Madrid player Xabi Alonso as their new manager on Wednesday. 

Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen will be hoping for a change in their fortunes soon as they announced the appointment of former Liverpool and Real Madrid player Xabi Alonso as their new manager on Wednesday. 

Alonso will replace Gerardo Seoane, who was sacked after Leverkusen’s dismal performance in the first eight matches of this Bundesliga season where they registered just one win. 

This is the first senior managerial position for the Spaniard who has signed a contract until June 30, 2024. After playing for clubs like Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich, Alonso worked as a coach with Real Madrid’s youth sides and also coached Real Sociedad B most recently. 

Alonso will be tasked with lifting Leverkusen’s performance. Along with having just one win to their name in eight Bundesliga games, Leverkusen also got beaten 2-0 by Porto in their Champions League encounter last time. But they are still level on points with Porto and Atletico Madrid in Group B.

“In Xabi Alonso, we have signed a coach who, as a player, was an absolute world-class professional for many years, an intelligent strategist and extremely successful in three of the most demanding European leagues,” Sporting director Simon Rolfes told the club’s official website.

Alonso also seemed pretty excited with his appointment and will be looking to enjoy an equally fruitful career as a manager as he did as a player.

“I know Leverkusen from my time in Germany as an excellent club. Bayer 04 have always had great players, and I see a lot of quality in the current squad too,” Alonso said.

 “In my discussions with the club, it quickly became clear that, despite the current difficult situation, ambitious goals are still being pursued in principle. I am very excited about this task and I am sure that we will live up to this claim,” he added.

Alonso made a total of 815 appearances for club and country combined and won 17 trophies, including the FIFA World Cup with Spain. Leverkusen’s match against Schalke at home on Saturday will be Alonso’s first match as the manager of the side.