Long-time Jurgen Klopp assistant, Zeljko Buvac, is being rumoured to be the target to replace Arsene Wenger by Bosnian publication Pravada BL, who also confirmed Klopp’s appointment by Liverpool back in October 2015.
According to Pravda BL, everything has been agreed for Buvac to take charge at the Emirates Stadium in the summer – details of which will be released over the forthcoming days.
Despite Liverpool’s insistence that 56-year-old Buvac is taking time off for personal reasons, various media sources are reporting that he left the club after a bust-up with Klopp earlier in the week.
The publication cited an insider source as saying:
“Klopp and Buvac had a big falling out, and Buvac has been left completely out of the loop of late.
“They stand apart in training, Buvac doesn’t go to tactical meetings, and he is no longer involved in picking the team.
“In the past, he was the only one who had Klopp’s ear. The relationship had broken down, and the players have been told Buvac is gone.”
Buvac is renowned for his tactical nous and is credited with devising Klopp’s favoured ‘gegenpressing’ tactic and has also previously worked alongside Klopp at Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund. The real concern from a Liverpool perspective must be that he won’t return and would mark the end of his relationship with Klopp that is now rarely seen in the modern game. Similar to Clough and Taylor at Derby County and Nottingham Forest.
He would certainly be a left-field choice by Arsenal to take on the challenge of filling the void left by Wenger but Arsenal seem open to the idea of hiring a relative unknown instead of a big-name candidate. Speaking after the announcement of Wenger’s departure, Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said:
“We need to be open-minded and also brave in the decision [about his replacement]. When Arsene was appointed, I don’t think he was on many people’s radar.”
Dozens of managers have been touted as Wenger’s replacement according to onlinecasinoreview.co.nz, from up-and-coming coaches like Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira – both of whom obviously have strong links to the club – to those who have been tenuously linked with a move to the Emirates for some time. Carlo Ancelotti, Massimiliano Allegri, Thomas Tuchel, Luis Enrique and Brendan Rodgers fall into the second category, among others.
It appears that Wenger turned down the chance to manage Paris Saint-Germain – being reluctant to accept another club role due to his affinity with the Gunners.
The 68-year-old is determined to hold out for the French National team job following the 2018 World Cup campaign.