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If Tuchel’s Out, Who’s In?

How will Dortmund fill the coaching void on the sidelines

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Normally, at this time of year, much of the transfer talk concerns players on the field. But off the field, Dortmund could be facing a crisis of sorts if Thomas Tuchel is relieved of his duties after the season.

Reports over the past few days have surfaced that Dortmund’s manager and Sporting Director Michael Zorc have not been seeing eye-to-eye and that a coaching change could be imminent. The news comes as a bit of a surprise as Tuchel has done well to keep Dortmund in contention for a trophy over his tenure. The problem is, that trophy case remains untouched since Tuchel took over as dust continues to collect on the hardware and legacy Jurgen Klopp left behind.

If that doesn’t change by the end of this season, it’s likely a new boss will take the reigns at the Westfalenstadion. There are some proven candidates, mostly German-born, available at the moment who might make a positive impact for BVB.

NOTE: The list strictly includes managers currently without a job.

Wolfgang de Beer

Before Zorc begins to search for exterior options, promoting from within might be a major possibility. “Teddy” de Beer has been the goalkeeping coach for Dortmund since 2001. Before moving to an off-field role, de Beer played 15 years for BVB, making 181 Bundesliga appearances. He’s an ideal candidate who knows the Dortmund system extremely well. Having de Beer as a manager means an emphasis on defense, something Tuchel has lacked over the past couple of seasons.

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Peter Zeidler

Sacked as manager of FC Sion in Switzerland last month, Zeidler also has experience managing in Austria with Red Bull Salzburg, France with Tours FC, and as an assistant in Germany with Hoffenheim. His record isn’t the most dazzling, but given the team’s he’s managed, Dortmund would be a huge step up. Zeidler is 54 years old and after a couple of flops with Sion and Salzburg, it could be a risk to hire him. However, he has led FC Sion into third place in a highly competitive Swiss Super League, so he hasn’t been completely terrible.

Peter Hyballa

The former Borussia Dortmund U-19 manager had a real rocky season with Dutch side NEC Nijmegen, which is facing relegation. Hyballa was sacked three weeks ago and remains without a job. With experience in the Netherlands and in Austria with SK Sturm Graz, Hyballa has never managed a top flight team in Germany. Although, his main attraction for BVB is the familiarity he has with the youth system in Dortmund as well as the system which the club runs. With a low possibility of being a manager, Hyballa might be a prime candidate as an assistant coach.

Roger Schmidt

Perhaps most memorable for his refusal to leave the sideline after being sent to the stands in a match last season against Dortmund, Schmidt was sacked by Bayer Leverkusen in March in large part thanks to Dortmund’s 6-2 win over Schmidt’s club. The German has immense top flight experience with Red Bull Salzburg and Leverkusen which includes forays into the UEFA Champions League. Schmidt is a solid choice for Dortmund manager given not only his experience but coaching style.

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Andre Schubert

The former Borussia Monchengladbach boss lost his job due to poor results earlier this season. However, with Bundesliga experience along with coaching FC St. Pauli in 2011-12 and the German U-15 squad just a few years ago, Schubert could be an ideal choice as manager. Zorc’s youth movement has given rise to numerous young stars, and with the BVB Academy making waves each year, hiring a former Germany youth national team manager could be a perfect way to ensure youth keeps flowing into Dortmund.

Bruno Labbadia

With years of Bundesliga managerial experience, Labbadia remains jobless after being sacked by Hamburg in September. His past clubs also include VfB Stuttgart, Bayer Leverkusen, and SpVgg Greuther Furth. While his past sackings have come after a string of negative results, Labbadia’s career record as a manager stands at an impressivee 182 wins, 131 losses, and 85 ties. With an opportunity to manage an attack-minded team like Dortmund, it could be the breakthrough Labbadia needs to finally be an elite manager.

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Other Potential Managers

  • Bob Bradley (Swansea City)
  • Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace)
  • Aitor Karanka (Middlesbrough)
  • Claudio Ranieri (Leicester City)
  • Stefano Pioli (Inter Milan)
  • Cesare Prandelli (Valencia)

This, of course, only applies if Tuchel is relieved of his coaching duties at the end of the season. Who do you think the manager of BVB will be next year?