Thomas Tuchel, linked with Newcastle in January, has won 9/9 games this season

Borussia Dortmund stadium, fans sign

The Borussia Dortmund boss was linked with the Magpies while he was out of work.

While Newcastle United were looking for a new manager last season, with the disastrous John Carver never looking like a long-term candidate, there were a few names thrown around.

Steve McClaren was the favourite throughout and eventually got the job.

But another name linked threw up an intriguing prospect. Indeed, German Thomas Tuchel was considered as an outsider for the Newcastle job, with the 42-year-old out of work last year.

The Chronicle detailed why he would be a good candidate - and one that could be persuaded despite wanting to make sure his next move was an absolutely perfect fit.

In the end, Tuchel did take a job - with Borussia Dortmund. And, so far this season, the Bundesliga side have won nine out of nine games. Some of those were friendlies but the nine also include Europa League qualifiers and league victories.

It is Dortmund, after all, a big team that has all the ingredients for a new manager, while some of the opposition hasn't been Premier League class. But these have been emphatic victories - and Tuchel's tactical system has been lauded left, right and centre.

The bright start raises the question of whether Newcastle missed a trick. Clearly, this is no comment on McClaren, who has only been on Tyneside for four games and has been unfortunate to face the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal.

But, even when you consider how Newcastle appointed McClaren, would it have been worth going all out to tempt Tuchel?

While the Magpies were on the brink of relegation and McClaren flailing at Derby County, the 42-year-old was out of work and waiting for his next opportunity. Time will tell if his success at Dortmund lasts, of course, and if Newcastle were right not to chase the German.

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