December 14, 2017

Five possible replacements if Peter Bosz leaves BVB

Borussia Dortmund’s Dutch manager looks to be working on borrowed time. After the drama that transpired in the Revierderby, hope of Peter Bosz turning BvB’s  season around is all but gone. After a run of five Bundesliga games without a win Bosz went into the Bundesliga’s biggest derby Saturday not only in need of reviving the team but also to save his job, which he admitted was in jeopardy after the club’s loss to Tottenham in the CL earlier in the week. And for 45 minutes (the first half) against Schalke it looked as though he and his team were turning a corner. However, a remarkable collapse in the second half turned out to be a delight for S04, fun for the neutrals and miserable for the Dortmund faithful.

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For the first time since the 1984/85 season BVB managed to score 4 goals against their rivals in the league. Aubameyang, Götze and Guerreiro were the goal getters and Schalke defender Stambouli contributed with an own goal. It was heaven for the Black and Yellows. BUT, the second half showed something we have seen from Dortmund throughout the season; drop off in form and concentration.

Add that to Aubameyang’s red card for a silly and unnecessary challenge and you have yourself one of the best comebacks since Newcastle vs Arsenal in 2010.

For now Bosz is has the job but it doesn’t look like he will be holding on to it after the Winter-pause. So here are possible replacements for the 54-year-old.

1)      Lucien Favre

Favre was mentioned as the forerunner to replace Thomas Tuchel when the German left Dortmund in the summer. Regardless, OGC Nice’s unwillingness to release the Swiss manager meant that he was unattainable.

With his long time experience in the Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin and Borussia  Mönchengladbach, Favre seemed like an ideal fit. He guided Nice to a remarkable 3rd finish last season. His ability to form an organized and disciplined defense is also another positive.

However, Nice has been struggling in Ligue 1 this season. A 5-0 loss to Lyon last Sunday might suggest he can be available soon but there are still lingering doubts about his conduct, the reason Tuchel was sacked in the first place. In addition to that Favre is not someone you associate with tactical flexibility, something Bosz is being criticized for.

2)      Ronald Koeman

The former Ajax man is without a job at the moment after being fired by Everton a couple of weeks ago. Koeman had a remarkable stint at Southampton which landed him the Everton job. His first season ended in 7th place with a Europa League qualification. But having lost star striker Romelu Lukaku and unable to replace him properly he lost his job.

But there will be reservations about hiring another manager who believes in the ‘Ajax way’ of football as the current one is clearly not working.

3)      Julian Nagelsmann

The youngest manager in the Bundesliga seems to be going under a tough spell at the moment. His team is already out of the Europa League after a 3-1 loss to Portuguese side Sporting Braga and lost 3-0 to Hamburg last Sunday.

It is understandable that two games in a week will be a big challenge for the 30-year-old and his team. His reputation in Germany is still high and is a manager in demand. Unfortunately for BVB, Bayern also seem to be interested in Nagelsmann, and Hoffenheim’s performances in Europe this fall leave a lot to be desired for a club with BvB’s ambitions.

4)      Luis Enrique

Former Roma, Celta Vigo and Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is another high-profile coach without a club. The man who has won the treble with Barcelona in the 2014/15 season can be an ideal fit for Dortmund given his experience. He might take some time adapting to Germany but with his accomplishments he is a man worth taking the risk for.

5)      Laurent Blanc

The Frenchman guided PSG to multiple domestic titles but eventually lost his job as the Parisians turned their attention to conquering Europe. Blanc might not be a manager who excites you. He is not animated on the touch line, not the youngest of managers or not a tactical geek, but he is the man who can get the job done.

On Monday reports have been circulating about former Stuttgart and Eintracht Frankfurt manager Armin Veh being Bosz’s successor. The 56-year-old who has won the Bundesliga in 2007 will stay until the end of the season with Julian Nagelsmann set to taķe over for next season according to Funke Sport. Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner  is said to be the candidate for the Hoffenheim job if the 30-year-old moves to the Signal Iduna Park.

So what do you think? Who should replace Peter Bosz? Let us know in the comment section.

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Brook lives in Ethiopia, and started following the Bundesliga from a very young age. His favourite players then were Thomas Rosicky - the reason he became a Dortmund fan! - and Marcelinho of Hertha Berlin. He likes to watch, read, write and talk about football with special interest in discussing emerging young talents. Follow @brookge

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