Hyypia took his first steps into coaching two years ago as he became joint-caretaker manager at Bayer Leverkusen alongside Sascha Lewandowski after the sacking of Robin Dutt, and the two took permanent charge just over a month later. In 2013, Lewandowski chose to coach the youth team, leaving Hyypia in sole charge of the Bundesliga side.
Whilst his tenure in charge of the club has been largely successful - 57% win percentage whilst in dual charge, 51% in sole charge - a recent run of one win in the last nine games was compounded by last night's 2-1 defeat to Hamburg, and Hyypia has paid the price by losing his job.
Many Liverpool fans still hold the former Finish international in high regard after making nearly 500 appearances for the Reds, and there were plenty hoping that the ex-centre back would be offered the chance to join Brendan Rodgers' coaching staff at Anfield in order to help their defence for the title run-in.
Now Sami Hyppia has been sacked, we could do a lot worse than get him into #lfc as a defence coach.— Chris Bullen (@ChrisBullen1) April 5, 2014
I'd like Rodgers to bring Hyppia into the coaching staff at Liverpool now he has left Leverkusen. The fans would love it. #LFC— Paul (@Taxiforwoody) April 5, 2014
News making rounds that Sami Hyppia has been sacked, I for one would love to see him at #LFC as a defense coach.— Engr. Obaid (@engrbaido) April 5, 2014
Oh sami sami, sami sami sami sami hyppia.. feel sad to heard sami has sacked today, just come to anfield Sami, we all love you!— Washal Falah (@WashalFalah) April 5, 2014
Why the heck do people want hyppia as a defensive coach when his side conceded 5 at home to united !?— ~Mamadou the Sakho~ (@SamCrook7) April 5, 2014
Why would Sami Hyppia come back to LFC as a coach? Would be great but don't see it happening.— A Red Penguin (@ARedPenguin) April 5, 2014
So Sorry for Sami Hyppia.Brendan was sacked before and now he is a toast of the world #YNWA— Paulo (@Paulikole) April 5, 2014