GGFN Advent Calendar | Day 24 – The youngest ever Bundesliga head coach

Welcome back to the Get German Football News advent calendar. As the countdown to Christmas continues, so does our festive fun on Christmas Eve, as we remember the youngest ever head coach in Bundesliga history, Bernd Stöber.

On October 18, 1976, Slobodan Čendić was relieved of his duties as the head coach of FC Saarbrücken, with the club just one point away from the relegation zone after nine matchdays. With the club on the hunt for a successor, they looked all but set to appoint MSV Duisburg assistant coach Rolf Schafstall.

However, Schafstall withdrew his interest, leaving Saarbrücken without a head coach heading into their clash with FC Köln on matchday ten. Therefore, the Saarland-based club appointed their previous assistant head coach, Bernd Stöber, to take interim charge for their game away to the Billygoats.

At the age of 24 years and 48 days, Stöber became the youngest head coach in Bundesliga history, a record that stands to this day. Nevertheless, Stöber was unable to prevent his side from falling into the relegation zone, as a 5-1 defeat left the club in 17th place.

Regardless, Manfred Krafft was eventually hired as the successor to Čendić, with Stöber resuming his duties as his assistant afterwards, and the pair would guide the club to safety at the end of the campaign. A record that has nearly stood for 50 years, it is hard to imagine that it will ever be broken, but with young head coaches becoming more popular, maybe one day Stöber’s achievement will be surpassed.

GGFN | Will Shopland

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