‘Norway’s Klopp’ heading to Dortmund
Stromsgodset coach Ronny Deila -- compared to Juergen Klopp in a recent ESPN FC editorial -- has revealed he is to spend time learning from the Borussia Dortmund coach in the near future.
Deila, a keen admirer of Klopp’s work, is on the verge of leading Stromsgodset to their first league title since 1970, with his side three points clear of second-placed Rosenborg with two games remaining in Tippeligaen.
He has now revealed that, after the final fixture is completed next Sunday, he will pack his bags and make a trip south to the Ruhr Valley.
“I have great respect for Klopp’s achievements at Dortmund, and there are many questions to ask him,” Deila told the Drammens Tidende newspaper. “I would like to know more about the way they develop their players so that they are ready to star at a top international level so quickly.”
The ESPN feature has attracted media attention in Norway, and the 38-year-old said: “That is a huge recognition [of my work], and it is nice to be put into such a context, but I do not feel like Klopp yet.
“Our style is very similar to that of Dortmund, but we must remember that we do it at a different level.”
After his Dortmund trip, Deila will continue on to Liverpool to study under Brendan Rodgers, whose work he also appreciates very highly, both from his time at Swansea and at Anfield.
“It is interesting to see how Liverpool work,” he added. “They recruit young players because they cannot afford to buy the biggest stars, and the project is developing smoothly.”
The Norwegian will also visit Rennes in France, where he will meet his former midfield prodigy Anders Konradsen.
“Rennes’ academy was voted the fourth best,” said Deila, who has already visited Manchester City, Barcelona, Ajax and Espanyol in recent years.
Stromsgodset play away at relegation threatened Tromso on Sunday as they seek to win only the second league title in their history.