Sunday, June 25, 2017

Will Thomas Tuchel be managing in the Premier League next season?

German boss Thomas Tuchel will be in-demand this summer after leaving Dortmund

Thomas Tuchel has stepped down from his role as Dortmund after two seasons in charge at the German Bundesliga club.

The 43-year-old’s decision comes on the back of BVB winning the German Cup after a 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

The move does not come as a major surprise considering that the highly-rated boss is understood to have had a frosty relationship with the clubs board.

Tuchel is unlikely to be out of work long. A move to the Premier League definitely cannot be ruled out for the man who replaced Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund.

A highly-rated boss

Thomas Tuchel will know that he will have a number of offers heading his way in the near future. He is regarded as one of the best up and coming young bosses in European football. If he did fancy a move to the Premier League then it may not be the best time, though.

There is no obvious destination for the German in the English top-flight. He was linked with the Arsenal job. However, it seems that veteran Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is set to be handed a two-year contract extension in north London. An announcement is expected on Wednesday about Wenger’s future.

For me, Tuchel would have been a bold, but clever choice of replacement for Wenger. Tuchel is a young boss, but his preferred style of play fits in with the sort of style fans love to see. The former Mainz boss likes his team to play attractive, passing football, which would fit Arsenal well.

Only time will tell if Arsenal will have missed out by not appointing Tuchel this summer. Despite the fact that Tuchel looks unlikely to arrive at Arsenal this summer, he is still the favourite to be the next Gunners boss at odds of 3/1.

The German may arrive at a West Ham, Southampton or even Crystal Palace this summer and take the English top-flight by storm.

However, I just cannot see Tuchel heading to Palace, who have only just staved off relegation this season. Southampton may be an interesting destination for the German. Speculation continues to mount that Saints boss Claude Puel is heading for the St Marys exit door.

Tuchel is accustomed to working with young players at both Mainz and Dortmund. Southampton also have a reputation for bringing through good young players from their academy.

Could head elsewhere

The Premier League is unlikely to be Thomas Tuchel’s only option this summer. I am sure other German clubs are eying the highly-rated boss up. One German football expert claims that he could be heading for Bayer Leverkusen this summer.

It would seem like a step down for Tuchel, though. Bayer are a relatively big club in Germany. However, having managed at Dortmund it may seem like a poor career move for Tuchel.

One position that could be of interest to the German boss is the one at Italian club Roma. Luciano Spalletti has just stepped down as boss after leading the Giallorossi to their highest points total ever in Serie A.

The club from the eternal city only finished second in the league, though, as the juggernaut that is Juventus took the title. Maybe a club like Roma would be a good opportunity for Tuchel to continue his upward rise in the managerial ranks.

Maybe he could help the Giallorossi overthrow Juventus, in a way he failed to help BVB overthrow Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.

Interesting to see where he goes

As a neutral, it will be really interesting to see what Thomas Tuchel does next. He is a highly-rated boss. However, so many spoil their managerial reputations by moving to the wrong club at the wrong time.

From what I have seen, read and heard about Thomas Tuchel he could quite easily manage in the Premier League. However, if he did head to England it would have to be to the right club or he could well flop like so many highly-rated foreign bosses of the past.

Where will Thomas Tuchel be managing next season?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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