Dropping point after point…back-to-back home league defeats…watching the leaders drift off into the distance; no I am not talking about Manchester United, but Borussia Dortmund.
Following another defeat for last season’s Champions League finalists – a 1-0 home loss against Bayer Leverkusen – Jurgen Klopp’s men are now 10 points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich, six behind Leverkusen, and level with fourth-placed Borussia Monchengladbach.
In short, it is not going the way Klopp had planned.
And now the enigmatic manager is being tipped as a replacement for another man whose campaign is at risk of capitulation, David Moyes.
Klopp’s name was one of many thrown into the hypothetical hat when Sir Alex Ferguson first announced his retirement. But now he is being hailed – at least by some media outlets – as the favourite to repair the mess the Premier League champions currently find themselves in.
In truth we all know Moyes is not going anywhere. Ferguson said as much when he addressed his fans for the last time. The buzzword was “support”, the message one of sticking by the new boss through thick and thin. But how thin do things need to get before that support is rendered foolish?
Far thinner than this, no doubt. United are after all into the knock-out stage of the Champions League, and only a run of victories away from surging up a table they are more used to dominating than stumbling through.
But with Klopp himself struggling, an approach from United may not be as swiftly rebuffed as before.
Now he has not just Pep Guardiola’s Bayern to contend with, but Sami Hyypia’s Leverkusen. And with Robert Lewandowski on his way next summer, and rumours continuing that Ilkay Gundogan may follow, could a fresh challenge tempt one of Europe’s brightest coaches?
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