Randy’s career since 2012
“So 8 years ago we already had a look back at Randy’s career and his achievements up till that moment. Today we are looking back on his entire career up till this point in time, we will look at the amount of games he has coached the prizes won and other stuff.”
If we would say Manchester United back in 2012, people would automatically link it with Sir Alex Ferguson. It was also the moment when a young man called Randy Bierstekers, was appointed to replace Sir Alex as manager of Manchester United. People who were into football and fans all over the world were shocked with the decision, why in god’s name would they select this young guy of only 24 to be the follow up of the great Sir Alex who had brought back Manchester United to the team they were at that moment.
But after 16 years and a big amount of prizes further, Manchester United is now automatically linked with Randy Bierstekers. The first few years of his time at United weren’t always going as easy, he still had to try and keep Manchester United on top of the Premier League while also keeping control of the finances and especially the finances seemed to be the trouble for the young manager.
Transfer after transfer was made and the players he sold never compensated the amounts he spend at that time, people were asking themselves why he was buying so many young people and some older players, while hardly selling anyone, or not asking good prizes for them.
Those young players however: Zouma, Niang, Ongenda, Goretzka, Rabiot, Moi Gomez, Polverino, Rodriguez, Agosto, Beasley, De Sciglio, Digne, Felipe Anderson, Adryan, Powell, Papadopoulos, Martinez and many others, eventually became some of the best players in the world, and some of them are still playing today either at Manchester or somewhere else. After some years Randy’s way of handling turned out in a money making business for the team, getting young players in train them into stars and sell them for big amounts to other teams while keeping the best for him and united.
So how many transfers has he made in this period of time? Well according to the numbers we got access to, he made a total of 390 transfers, 193 in and 197 out. Spending 1.19B on the transfers he made and earning almost the double amount 2.34B on the players he has sold in this period as manager of United. Biggest transfer in was Iker Muniain with a cost of 45M, biggest transfer out was young Argentinian Christian Lopez to Atletico Madrid for 53M.
At this moment of our look back on his career, he has been managing United for 5922 days, which comes down to 1061 games he has been in front of the team. Of which he has managed to win an impressive number of 905 108 games resulted in a draw and only 48 were lost with Manchester. His total amount of games managed up till now is 1148 this due to him being manager of Ghana, Holland, England and Spain as well, which he managed 87 games combined.
The total amount of goals the teams scored under his lead comes down to 3099 and the teams only conceded 850 goals. Which is a pretty impressive amount, his total win percentage comes down to 84% this percentage resulted in winning the Premier league 16 times and winning a total of 86 other prizes of which 83 were with United. The other prizes were with Ghana and England.
Another impressive fact is that Randy only has taken up 15 only 15 days to go on a holiday, while he did have some spare time in the summer, most of his time was spent on coaching the teams he has been working for. Making sure players were signed, all the scout reports were checked to find interesting youth players, tournaments and friendlies were being arranged and training his players to perform on an equal level the next season.
Next that Randy always used to summer period to tinker on the playing style he had in mind, he started his career with letting the team play an attacking 4-3-1-2 tactic, it resulted in some big wins, but it also made the team lose some games from time to time. Randy then came up with one of the most impressive tactics in his career and in football history.
Were Conte did already use a 3-5-1 tactic with Juve, Randy adopted the tactic, adjusted it and made it even better than it was ever before. This resulted in a dominating style of play, with goals flying in and hardly conceding any, but fans and critics said the team wasn’t playing as fluid and attacking anymore as they were used of the team. And once other teams found out how to counter it in a good way, Randy had to come up with something new.
This was the moment at which he decided to go to a 4-5-1 tactic with 2 center mids and 2 wingers, and behind the striker was a number 10 who was scoring and assisting like mad. And while this tactic was attacking enough and guaranteed enough spectacles, Randy wasn’t happy with it and after the 3-1 defeat against Liverpool last season he was sure he had to come up with something else and better. And now we see Manchester play a tiki taka way of football which Barcelona used to play between 2009 and 2014, it’s slightly less spectacular but he still insists on an attacking play style but with less risks of every player going forward to get that score to 10-0.
While Randy is loved by a big part of his players and certainly by more than 75% of the fans and other important people in football, he also has enemies all over the world. Managers that hate his success as a manager, or hate the fact he keeps on finding these young and impressive players, and also his mind games turn people against him. But also players have issues with him, he is very strict and gives them training workouts which sometimes are too much for all of them, in the end they do get better players from the workouts, but there sometimes is no time for anything else but training, training and training.
Another thing is the lack of play time he can grant all of the players, Randy is known for giving youngsters time to play some games every year, but with a team of almost 40 players, the rotation schedules are a bit too much at times and this gives the big names in the team less play time which they don’t appreciate. Which then results in unhappy or angry players, which he then has to resolve again to make everybody happy, one of the ways he tries to resolve it is by mass loaning players to feeder clubs all over Europe?
With the age of 41 however Randy won’t be stopping anytime or he suddenly decides that he has had enough of football then of course we won’t see him on a pitch anymore. But what he will do if he stops remains to be seen, it’s not something we want to think about. If Randy finds time however he sometimes goes back to what he used to do before he started to manage Manchester United and that’s racing big and small bikes, or racing karts with friends and family.
This was our look back on Randy up till now hope you enjoyed it and who knows when we will look back at this successful manager again.