After a 1-0 loss to West Brom yesterday Chelsea have sacked AVB. Here's three managers who could do a fine job...
Lucien Favre -
Lucien Favre will be disappointed if he doesn’t receive Bundesliga manager of the season in May after overseeing a scintillating campaign from his Monchengladbach side. Counter attacking with unerring accuracy, speed and flair he recently described his teams passing combinations as ‘dreamlike’ and he isn’t far off. This season isn’t entirely surprising though as the mild mannered Swiss coach nearly took a mediocre Hertha Berlin side to a Bundesliga title in the most unlikely circumstances in 2009, transforming Liverpool flop Andrey Voronin into a goal scoring machine and a stodgy Hertha into a fearsome counter attacking unit.
His teams are hard to penetrate with sound defensive organisation. Known as the Swiss football professor he has only ever enjoyed modest success in Switzerland and Germany but this season has highlighted his ability in assembling very dangerous sides on small budgets and turning underachieving players into a confident collective. Monchengladbach’s transformation from relegation contenders to title hopefuls in the space of a year is down to Favre’s meticulous work on the training ground.
Jurgen Klopp -
A departure from Favre would be a touchline animal in the shape of Jurgen Klopp, the mastermind behind the current Borussia Dortmund with a philosophy of blooding youngsters and quick high tempo technical football. Klopp impressed during his 7 year spell as head coach of Mainz who he led to promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time and also a Uefa Cup place. His passion for the game and the team he has assembled is one of the more refreshing sights in the modern game, his touchline antics which regularly include over the top fist pumping and chest thumping and copious amounts of man love at the final whistle has helped create one of the most impressive German teams of the past decade.
His prowess in the transfer market combined with a crop of young home grown players saw Dortmund sweep all before them to win the league last term. In his first season he took Neven Subotic with him from Mainz and purchased the highly regarded but criminally underused Matts Hummels from Bayern, both have been ever present in the heart of the Dortmund defence since 2008. The spine of the team was gradually assembled with Bender and Barrios arriving the summer afterwards and finally Kagawa and Lewandowski in the summer of 2010. You would have to put it down to fortune that players of the calibre of Sahin and Gotze were already at the club but what he managed to get out of them last season was simply incredible.
Klopp moved quickly to secure the signature of Marco Reus on a pre contract agreement in the winter to help maintain Dortmund’s status as the most frightening attacking prospect in Germany. In the space of just over three full seasons Klopp is Dortmund’s second most successful coach and at only 44 has a lot of time to improve, having signed a new long term contract at Dortmund which runs until 2016 a move to London would be unlikely with a lot of expectation in Germany that he may one day take over die mannschaft duties.
Ralf Rangnick -
Currently out of a job which hardly makes him a front runner for the position. Rangnick quit his post as Schalke manager in September, citing exhaustion as the reason and stating he didn’t possess the energy to develop the team. This came as a shock in Germany as he had just led his new club to their first Champions League semi final as they dumped out Inter Milan. He oversaw the development of Hoffenheim from 2006 through until he left his post in 2010 after gaining two promotions and becoming the winter champions in their first Bundesliga campaign.
Assembling an exciting attacking team widely considered at the time as Germany’s answer to an Arsene Wenger side, the likes of Demba Ba, Carlos Eduardo, Vedad Ibisevic , Luis Gustavo and Chinedu Obasi sliced through the German top flight until a dreaded winter break derailed them completely. His stint as Hoffenheim manager brought about comparisons with Arsene Wenger, he is seen as a club builder much like the Frenchman and also has a penchant for talking tactics and scrupulous training methods.
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