Former Mainz manager Thomas Tuchel looks increasingly unlikely to be joining Newcastle United this summer, according to reports from Germany.
The Guardian and The Chronicle were among those to link the 41-year-old with a move to St James’ Park, having caught the eye of the Premier League outfit during his time as a manager in the Bundesliga.
Tuchel enjoyed five happy years with Mainz, helping the O-Fives to a fifth-place finish in 2011 and guiding the team to one of the Europa League qualification spots during his final campaign at the club.
Released from his contract by Mainz at the end of last season, the German coach is in the midst of a year-long sabbatical from the game but is thought to be keen on a return to action from next season.
Whether that return comes at Newcastle remains to be seen, however, with German news source the Hamburger Abendblatt reporting that Tuchel could now remain in the Bundesliga.
Hamburg, currently third bottom after a 1-0 home defeat to Hertha Berlin on Friday, are reportedly lining up the 41-year-old as their next manager.
It follows the sacking of Joe Zinnbauer, who was dismissed as manager of Die Rothosen after a run of six games without a win – including an 8-0 drubbing at the hands of bitter rivals Bayern Munich.
With Tuchel previously ruling out a return to the game this season though, Newcastle may still be a possibility for the ex-Mainz man.
But with Hamburg remaining one of the largest clubs in Germany it could prove an opportunity too good to turn down.