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Rift between Thomas Tuchel and Borussia Dortmund's chief scout leaves Premier League clubs on alert

Sourav Saha
2.80K   //    06 Oct 2016, 17:00 IST
Thomas Tuchel
Tuchel is considered as one of the best young and upcoming coaches in World football

Reported rifts between Borussia Dortmund’s Chief scout, Sven Mislintat and the coach, Thomas Tuchel could result in the Coach’s departure. According to reports in the Daily Mirror, there has been a rift between them, although no further clarifications about the cause of the rift have been revealed.

Tuchel is considered as one of the best young and upcoming coaches in World football and has already caught the attention of a lot of Premier League clubs.

One of the possible cause for the rift, according to the report may have been to do with the transfer of Oliver Torres, who the coach had earmarked as a possible replacement for the departing Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Torres, currently on loan at Porto this season was the mooted target for the coach, however, the chief scout instead chose to focus on getting Gotze, thus resulting on the club missing out on the Atletico Madrid star.

Sven Mislintat arrived at the club in the year 2009 and since then has played a key role in finding talents such as Robert Lewandowski, Shinji Kagawa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and, whereas the coach, Tuchel arrived in 2015 and although has been proactive, has not been able to manage a working relationship with Sven.

The Club’s general manager, Michael Zorc values both of them but he cannot deny the scout’s skills in unearthing the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Emre Mor and Raphael Guerreiro. That aside, he has also been instrumental in bringing in the likes of Marc Bartra, Sebastian Rode, Mario Gotze and Andre Schurrle.

While both entities are working towards the betterment of the club, it is the approach which seems to have irked Tuchel. Sven may have an eye for talent but it is Tuchel who has got the squad performing. As such it is a difficult situation to deal with for all the stakeholders involved with the club.

Premier League clubs circling like Sharks

The current rift can actually play to advantage for a host of Premier League clubs.

Tuchel whose time at Mainz 05 marked a refreshed approach for the club has often been touted as the “next big thing” in German football and it was his track record with Mainz that led him to being offered the Dortmund job. Tuchel managed Mainz for five seasons before resigning due to “lack of ideas”.

Premier League clubs which often believe in short-term gains than long-term planning can be an ideal ground for the coach to innovate and further his managerial skills. The possible mooted destinations can be any of the London clubs (possibly Arsenal, as Arsene Wenger steps into the final year of his contract).

However, one hopes that the rift can be sorted out as Tuchel’s team have been impressive this season in the Bundesliga and the Champions League and for neutrals, his teams are a delight to watch. 

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