Two promising Dutch coaches and a former club great are all on Borussia Dortmund's radar as they search for a new coach.
bundesliga.com runs the rule over three men who, according to media across Europe, are being considered as successors to Thomas Tuchel at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst
The former Barcelona, Arsenal and Netherlands international has actively been involved in coaching since hanging up his boots in 2010, first as his country's Under-21 assistant coach and then moving to take on the same role with the senior team of his first club, Feyenoord. His experience as assistsnt to Ronald Koeman no doubt added to that accumulated under coaches such as Guus Hiddink, Frank Rijkaard, Dick Advocaat, Louis van Gaal and Arsene Wenger during his 17-year playing career. He clearly learned something, taking Feyenoord to the Dutch Cup in his debut season as a senior coach in 2015/16 before going one better and lifting the league title last term. At 42, he is younger than Tuchel, and has a more impressive coaching record in terms of silverware won than the ex-Mainz boss when TT succeeded Jürgen Klopp.
PROS: Playing career will earn him instant respect in the dressing room while his Feyenoord experience suggests he has talent to go with his name.
CONS: One title win does not a great coach make…Can he repeat the feat in making the big step up from Eredivisie to Bundesliga?
The current Ajax coach actually signed Van Bronckhorst for Feyenoord when the Dutch international full-back returned to the Netherlands, and but for brief spells at Hansa Rostock, Toulon and JEF United Ichihara as a player and Maccabi Tel Aviv as a coach, the former midfielder has forged his career in his native country. Following respectable spells at Heracles Almelo, his tenure at Vitesse Arnhem between 2013 and late December 20145 saw his reputation as an up-and-coming coach established, while his work with Ajax's youngsters, whom he guided to the Europa League final last season, has enhanced his standing.
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PROS: Worked well with young side at Ajax, exceeded expectations in Europe
CONS: Has had just one season in Amsterdam, and — like his fellow ex-Dutch international Van Bronckhorst — has not proven himself over a number of campaigns.
The Portuguese great is surely the one Dortmund fans would love to see in charge as they look at him through the yellow-and-black-tinted glasses of the 1996/97 UEFA Champions League win he played a part in. His playing career still — so far — overshadows his achievements in the dug-out. The promise he showed during his stint at Swansea City in 2009/10 has not been fully exploited during spells at Leicester, Videoton, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Basel, despite a smattering of silverware collected from those jobs. Two years in charge of Fiorentina have ended with the 46-year-old ending up out of tune with La Viola, who have played second fiddle to the Serie A elite under his tenure. Could he orchestrate a BVB challenge that could loosen Bayern's grip on the Meisterschale? The jury is out.
PROS: His achievements as a player will give him extended credit with the squad and fans alike.
CONS: A managerial career that has featured as many downs as ups.