There’s a report in the Guardian today that German coach Thomas Tuchel is being considered for the Newcastle United head head coach position by owner Mike Ashley.
Thomas Tuchel – Newcastle interested
The 6’4″ 41 year-old Tuchel is said to be an excellent tactician and he’s done well at Mainz, and his odds have shortened to 10-1 and is fourth favorite for the job on SkyBet.
Since Newcastle operate the club in the way clubs are run on the continent – it’s not surprising that Ashley may hire his first foreign coach for Newcastle.
The coaches currently above him in the betting for the Newcastle job are Tim Sherwood (2-1) , Steve McClaren (5-2) and John Carver (4-1).
Tuchel managed FC Augsburg for a year from July 2007 and two years later he joined Mainz in the Bundesliga, and he left that club last summer, although he is still under contract at the club.
His management record at Main was 182 games played 72 won, 46 drawn for a win average of 39.6%.
Schalke 04 and Bayer Leverkusen both made approaches for the highly rated coach towards the end of last season, after Mainz had qualified for a 2014–2015 UEFA Europa League spot.
They finished last season in seventh place in the Bundesliga with 53 points from their 34 games – won 16, drew 5 and lost 13 with a goal difference of -2.
Tuchel has introduced revolutionary new training techniques at Mainz and seems to be rewriting the book on coaching.
He is a highly regarded coach who goes into a match with various alternatives and formations, which he can change to depending on how the game is going, and there have been several articles written on his techniques and his training methods.
At the end of last season Tuchel asked to be released from his contract at Mainz, and he left his position in May of last year.
However, Mainz have refused to release him and he is still contracted to them until the summer.
It appears that Tuchel would be available in the summer if Newcastle can get him, but presumably we could also pay compensation to Mainz to get him immediately.
Maybe Mike Ashley will ask John Carver and his team to manage Newcastle though the end of this season.
Newcastle could try to get Tuchel signed to a contract immediately and pay Mainz some agreed to compensation, or else sign him up to a contract that starts on July 1st when his Mainz contract runs out.
Other German clubs are also interested in the 41 year-old, and he seems to be a sought after coach and well used to the continental way of managing a club, when he doesn’t have much say on transfers.
What do you think?
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