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Big Name, Great Trainer!

When Sebastian Hoeness was appointed coach at Bayern Munich II there were public fan protests with placards saying “Having a big name doesn't make you a great trainer”. They referred to Hoeness’ family connections, being the son of former striker Dieter Hoeness and nephew of Bayern President Uli Hoeness. Indeed the latter had initial reservations about the appointment, fearing that there would be accusations of nepotism.

However the 38 year old proved that having a big name is no impediment to being a great trainer at all. In his first season in charge of the FCB amateurs he proved all his doubters wrong by leading them to the 3.Liga title, despite his squad only being promoted from the Regionalliga the year before. Their form over the second half of the season was nothing short of sensational as they rose from being only two points above the relegation zone at Christmas to topping the table in July, losing only twice along the way.

Now Hoeness gets to reap the reward for his achievements with a move to Bundesliga side (and Europa League qualifiers) TSG Hoffenheim. It was during his short time there as a player in the 2000s that he first encountered Ralf Rangnick. This relationship has been particularly beneficial to Hoeness, who was part of Rangnick’s staff at RB Leipzig for four years and where he cut his coaching teeth before Bayern Munich came calling.

With Bayern II unable to be promoted out of the 3. Liga, Hoeness was facing another season competing against the likes of Viktoria Köln and SpVgg Unterhaching. Now he will be pitting his wits against RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and of course his uncle’s team, Bayern Munich.

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