According to reports from Bosnian publication Pravda BL, Liverpool assistant manager Zeljko Buvac could be the next Arsenal boss. There was a recent story that Buvac had left the Merseyside club. However, it has now been confirmed by the Liverpool Echo that the 56-year-old has been allowed leave until the end of the season for personal reasons.
The leave comes at a strange time considering that the Reds are facing Roma in a vital Champions League semi-final second leg on Wednesday night, although Klopp’s side does have a 5-2 lead from the first leg at Anfield.
Klopp’s trusted right-hand man
Buvac nicknamed ‘the brain’ has been with Jurgen Klopp for much of his managerial career at Mainz, Dortmund and most recently at Liverpool. The pair are known to have a very close relationship and Klopp trusts his experienced right-hand man.
In fact, Buvac is believed to have created Klopp’s now famous ‘Gegenpressing’ system that the Liverpool boss has implemented throughout his coaching career.
The fact that he has been given leave at this stage of the campaign with such a big game coming up is unlikely to go down well with Klopp. Reports suggest that Liverpool are confident that Buvac’s leave is only a temporary one and that he will return to his role at the club in the future.
Buvac has never been a number one
Although Buvac is one of the most highly rated coaches in the European game, the 56-year-old has never been a number one. He has spent the last 17 years helping Klopp create a big managerial reputation in football.
A move into management at this stage of his career would be a difficult one. It would prove even more difficult if it were at a club like Arsenal, where the fans are desperate for things to improve and their team to challenge for the big trophies.
The second favourite for the job
Incredibly, from absolutely nowhere Buvac is now the second favourite become the next Arsenal boss at 4/1, with only Italian boss Massimiliano Allegri shorter odds to take over in north London.
The appointment would be a major gamble from Arsenal to appoint a boss with no actual managerial experience at the top level of football, especially with so many top bosses in the frame.
Stranger things have happened. However, I just cannot the Bosnian becoming the next Arsenal boss. If it does happen, it will be a fascinating appointment, though.
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