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Manager Profile: René Weiler

The season has ended. Well…not officially. But for one club in Belgium it certainly has, and on a major high too. Anderlecht put a run together that saw them crowned this season’s Belgian Pro League champions, and deservedly so, and one man at the helm of this historic and huge club in the capital is a modest and unassuming manager, René Weiler.

The Swiss took over in the summer, leaving Nürnberg and replacing Besnik Hasi who moved to Legia Warsaw. With Anderlecht not winning the league for a short time, it would probably be considered a drought for a club this successful in recent years, so a plan would have been needed by somebody who spent his entire football career playing in Switzerland. Looking at the summer transfers in and out, some inspired signings were brought in, like Spajic, Hanni and Teodorczyk who not only proved a huge success, but also sured up the spine of the team. He also appointed Tielemans as a club captain as well as Sofiane Hanni which was a good move in itself.

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After a reasonable start, remaining unbeaten until late September, when a huge upset where relegated Westerlo beat Les Mauves at the Constant Vanden Stock, his plans were going along nicely, and for his sake, very well until the end of the season. Looking at his results and the club, he looked​ to have made the team more assured, knowing how good Anderlecht were in this division and showing how he trusted his players as squad rotation did come into play. He also proved how much faith he had in his players as he took that into the Europa League and heroically only lost to Manchester United through an extra time winning for the English side.

Averaging just over 2 goals per game in the regular season and the play offs (scoring 82 goals), that’s a fantastic goal return, knowing that his players had the capability to score anywhere if needed. They also conceded just under a goal a game, which isn’t too bad conceding 36 goals all season. One thing is for sure, you were bound for entertainment watching this season’s champions in action, week in, week out.

This was groundbreaking for Weiler too. This was his first title as a player or manager. To win your first trophy is huge, no matter what it is, and to do it at a club which may have felt that they needed new, fresh ideas and to see such a positive turnaround so quickly, not only repaid the faith in the board, but proved them right too.

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Winning only breeds winning and I’m sure this club will continue to remain hungry for progression. This also puts the manager into good stead as he can now know what it takes to see out a title win. The only problem for the club is that keeping hold of their players will always be an issue, and if there’s continuous glory, holding onto the gaffer will always be a problem too incase he moves to France, or a bigger Bundesliga side, or even go back home but with Basel this time?

I don’t intend to turn a huge positive into a negative, but the reality is that this league discovers and churns out such names in world football, whether that be on the pitch or on the bench. This won’t happen soon of course, and hopefully for Anderlecht’s sake, he may build something big in Brussels, but in the back of every supporter, journalist and players head, they know that success sees progression, and that means new explorations for everyone involved, unless you just love Belgium or the club you play for.



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15 thoughts on “Manager Profile: René Weiler

    1. Maybe he saw Dalsgaard go, others may follow, he won a couple and felt they won’t kick on next season. They had a terrible Play Offs and felt there’s nothing to stay for?

      1. Well, Essevee had terrible Pterribleoffs because they already were with their mind on vacation and Europa League too. And they didn’t want to be second (thank you UEFA and your shite Europe system). So maybe he was very upset with those pointless supporters who whistles at him (he is right tho). But I don’t think that it is the reason why he leaves. I really don’t know it. I just hope next season will not be another 2014/2015 (Essevee supporter)

      2. True. Their mind set was definitely more beach than pitch. The thing as well though is money talks. His agent might’ve got a better deal for him. At his age money is huge. He may go Qatar if not in Belgium

      3. Yeah, I think he will not stay in Belgium, also to show some respect to his historic team. I think Qatar (or another Asian place where he gets big money, why not China) or a medium-low Ligue 1 side (dunno why)

      4. He’d just be ideal with an Ajax/Eupen/Monaco setup. I’m not saying those clubs, but where youngsters are coming through and his experience would be vital for a group of young players

      5. Yeah, Eupen would be good IF he stays in Belgium, especially because many players come from the Senegalese Aspire Academy

    2. Curious about who will replace him at the Gaverbeek. I heard about Benito Ramán coming, but I think he would be a second choice (Dury is a serious trainer and I think he might drastically change his behavior). Maybe another year for Babacar Gueye (same thing Essevee did with Meité, and it worked, it reeeally did.

      1. The way the play offs went, maybe a decent decent second tier striker could come in handy. Personally, I think the loan market may be more fruitful for Zulte Waregem. The league is growing. Anderlecht, Gent and Genk showed how the Europa League is a platform, and if you take it seriously, with a good draw, I think you’d have players from Scandinavia, lower English league’s and eastern Europe looking for a move. That’s where I’d scout, but a loan with option to buy may be the best decision unless it a player from within the Pro League

      2. Getting loanees from Juventus, some not-so-young loanees like Marrone, since the two teams are in a very good relationship, would be a nice option

      3. I think that’d be perfect. Hopefully you’ll get lucky and other teams will see Zulte as an option for their youngsters. You’ll always get an average one but the next Giovinco coming through and impressing can only be a positive. If only you kept pace with Anderlecht and Club Brugge, this season could’ve gone so much better, even though the cup win did make it a great one overall

      4. Thanks for having time to answer me. It was a pleasure to have a lil chat. See you! 🙂

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