Six destinations for Jurgen Klopp after imminent Dortmund departure
Borussia Dortmund’s charismatic coach Jurgen Klopp has long been tipped to take over in the Premier League, with interest also coming from Spain, and it seems that could soon become a reality, after the German revealed he will depart the club this summer after seven years in charge.
Sought-after Klopp’s latest revelations are set to send top European clubs into a frenzy, as they circle for his services this summer.
It is believed that the 47-year-old manager has become exhausted with his efforts at the Westfalenstadion this season, following a previous domestic decline which saw his side flirt with Bundesliga relegation, leading to him to request an early termination of his current contract which runs until 2018.
Following the news from Germany, Coral writers outline six potential destinations for highly-rated Klopp.
Manuel Pellegrini is edging closer towards an exit from the blue half of Manchester, having failed to maintain Manchester City’s chances of retaining their Premier League crown this term, instead stumbling into a fight for a top four finish.
With Klopp now available this summer, City are sure to be involved in a scrap to acquire the German and are 6/4 favourites with Coral to land their top managerial target, as they aim to overhaul their squad and finally make an impact in Europe’s elite club competition next season.
West Ham United
The Hammers may not seem like the most lucrative option for the experienced Dortmund boss to end up at next (50/1 to do so), but with a level head and his love for a challenge, Klopp could relish a switch to East London, with Sam Allardyce likely to leave Upton Park this summer.
When Klopp arrived at Dortmund in 2008, the club had just finished 13th in Germany’s top-flight, and the subsequent season he guided them to impressive sixth spot, proving his ability to turn a team’s form and fortunes around.
Current Saints boss Ronald Koeman has enjoyed a successful maiden campaign, despite the club losing many of their key stars last summer.
Spanish giants Barcelona are reportedly keen on replacing Luis Enrique with Koeman this year, a former player and assistant coach at the Nou Camp. Southampton boast plenty of talent and great facilities that could therefore attract Klopp to fill the potential south coast void.
Northern Irishman Brendan Rodgers saw his Liverpool side dramatically fall short of a first ever Premier League title last season, and his Reds are enduring another disappointing end to their current campaign.
With Klopp now seemingly available, the Anfield outfit could be tempted to replace their stuttering boss with the German, who has plenty of experience in securing silverware success, and he is 20/1 to become the next Reds boss.
The reigning European champions have come under fire this term after several underwhelming performances, showings which Carlo Ancelotti has received severe scrutiny for, despite still in the running to retain their Champions League crown.
Klopp could slot into the Bernabeu seamlessly, with the Los Blancos hierarchy possibly attracted by his ability to overthrow dominant domestic clubs, having led Dortmund to league title triumphs ahead of rivals Bayern.
His astute managerial qualities, along with close personnel connections with some of the top Germany internationals, would make Klopp a worthy successor to Ancelotti, and he is a 6/1 chance to replace his Italian counterpart in Spain.
If you can’t beat them join them! Despite a long-standing rivalry with the reigning Bundesliga champions, Klopp could be tempted into a switch to Dortmund’s key opposition (25/1 to do so), with several of his former stars currently plying their trade at the Allianz Arena.
In a move that would cause shockwaves in the Bundesliga, Klopp would link up with his past players Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze, who helped the Black and Yellows clinch two league titles and reach the Champions League final in 2013.