Mauricio Pochettino linked with Borussia Dortmund job to replace sacked Lucien Favre, but talkSPORT told ‘it’s not likely to happen’ December 14, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Mauricio Pochettino has been installed as one of the favourites for the Borussia Dortmund job, following the departure of Lucien Favre.
However, talkSPORT has been told that deal is ‘not likely to happen’ with the German club on the hunt for a ‘Jurgen Klopp-style’ coach to be their next full-time boss.
Favre was sacked by Dortmund this weekend following their embarrassing 5-1 defeat to promoted club VfB Stuttgart.
Saturday’s thrashing made it three defeats in five Bundesliga games for the title hopefuls, a run which leaves them in fifth place and well short of their pursuit of ending Bayern Munich’s dominance at the top.
Favre took over at the Westfalenstadion in summer 2018, and boasts the stat of having the highest point average of any coach in Dortmund’s history, but he has been criticised for the club’s lack of silverware despite their talented young squad.
With the 63-year-old Swiss now gone, Pochettino tops the early list of top contenders, which also includes the likes of Borussia Monchengladbach chief Marco Rose and RB Salzburg’s Jesse Marsch.
But, speaking to talkSPORT on Sunday’s Trans Euro Express, European football expert Andy Brassell admitted it’s unlikely the former Spurs boss will end up in Germany.
He said: “Pochettino at Borussia Dortmund would be an interesting fit.
“But he is too expensive and doesn’t speak German, and I don’t think he’s likely to come.”
Meanwhile, Bundesliga correspondent Mark Langdon compared Favre to Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, saying Dortmund have outgrown their boss.
And he believes they will now look to bring in a manager in the mold of Klopp to end their hunt for trophies and finally bridge the gap to arch rivals Bayern.
“From when Favre came in to where Dortmund are now, the ambition and attitude of the club has changed,” he said. “They now actually feel they should be competing with Bayern Munich.
“They didn’t sell any of their star players in the summer and have started to recruit more experienced players – Thomas Meunier from PSG, Mats Hummels came in, Emre Can and Axel Witsel.
“So it’s not now just about buying the best young players, and they’ve still been doing that, but the ambitions have grown and maybe have grown too big for Favre.
“There is a confirmation bias for a lot of people in Dortmund. They never felt like he was the right person and every time they lost it was brought up.
“It’s a bit like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a lot of people feel he’s not the right man for Manchester United and every time they have a bad performance the same argument comes out.
“It’s pretty much the same for Favre throughout his tenure.
“Jurgen Klopp’s shadow looms large at that club, and Favre is about as far removed from a Klopp type character as you can get.
“There’s a feeling ever since he went to Dortmund that he wasn’t quite the right fit for them.
“I do feel like they’ll be a pining for a Klopp-style manager to come in next.”