Managerial Changes: Big Sam Takes Over WBA, Lucien Favre is Out of Dortmund, Van Marwijk Returns to UAE

2020-12-16 Football

The end of the year seems to be the perfect timing to evaluate the teams’s form and campaign before the winter break. Some clubs have made their decision clear, while others are still considering options.

In Premier League, West Bromwich Albion just confirmed about their final word on sacking their Croatian boss, Slaven Bilic, after leading only less than six months from their promotion in the summer. The Baggies are stuck on the 19th of the table just above Sheffield United at the bottom. The former Croatian national team in EURO 2008 could not save his own future despite their success in holding Manchester City in 1-1 draw. The one to replace him is the experienced figure in saving his team from relegation, the former England manager with the record of shortest spell, Sam Allerdyce. Big Sam did have some positive history in that regard. He did it several times with Crystal Palace in 2017, Sunderland in 2016 and three times respectively with Bolton in 2002-2004. Yet, he has been hired for only a short-term till the end of the season, plus possible extension if he manages to save WBA again from relegating to second tier.

Meanwhile, in Bundesliga, Dortmund already released Lucien Favre from his post following the humiliating 1-5 loss against the promotion team, VFB Stuttgart last week. His assistant, Edin Terzic is given a chance by Die Borussen management to take over his boss’s post till the end of the season. For a start, Terzic did well as Dortmund thumped Bremen 2-1 yesterday. Nevertheless, his position is not guaranteed yet unless perhaps he could lead his team to win Bundesliga and beat Bayern in the next Der Klassiker. It is due to the fact that the management is also searching for permanent replacement. Some names have been tipped to take charge next summer with Gladbach’s Marco Rose as the favourite.

Last but not least, the former Netherlands boss in World Cup 2010, Bert Van Marwijk has been reported to return to his post he left in December 2019, UAE head coach. The Dutchman is replacing the former Costa Rica boss in Brasil 2014, Jorge Luis Pinto due to their bad results at the friendly games. The former Feyenoord and Dortmund boss seems to still have faith in UAE’s chance to qualify to Qatar 2022 despite the fact that it is still long and winding road to the final round. The last time UAE played in the world cup final was in Italy 1990 but their campaign ended in disappointment after losing from Germany, Yugoslavia and Colombia without scoring a single goal.