Jurgen Klopp may be flavour of the month in England, with bwin.com seeing the Borussia Dortmund boss as 7/1 favourite to be Arsenal’s next manager and 7/1 co-favourite to follow Brendan Rodgers into the Liverpool hotseat, but he certainly hasn’t enhanced his reputation so far this season.
Rather incredibly for a side that finished no worse than second in each of the last four Bundesliga campaigns under Klopp, Dortmund currently prop up the table after a desperate run of form featuring just one win and seven losses in their past ten German top-flight games.
The odds compilers at bwin.com see the 47-year-old’s medium-term future away from the Westfalenstadion, pricing him up at 2/5 to have left BvB at the start of June, with 17/10 saying he’s still Dortmund boss by then.
Klopp dug his heels in somewhat after the recent 2-0 loss away to Frankfurt, where his side conceded a comedy goal, borne out of defender Matthias Ginter and keeper Roman Weidenfeller’s communication mix up, which the coach said belonged in Dortmund’s ‘cabinet of curiosities’.
These post-match words suggest he won’t resign before the summer, but Klopp clearly entertains the notion of Die Borussen’s paymasters taking the decision out of his hands:
“If it is only about luck and a change of coach can bring that, you only have to call me up and I will step aside.
“But it is not so simple. As long as nobody comes and says to me, ‘we have someone who does it better’, then I cannot go.
“I won’t stand in the way, but I cannot go before there is a better solution, the responsibility is great and I can accept it.”
BvB take on four top-half teams in their next six Bundesliga matches, and must avoid defeat at home to Anderlecht in the Champions League to avoid Arsenal sneaking up the rail into first place in Group D.
If Dortmund’s dreadful form continues over these next seven matches, then Klopp’s position will have to be reviewed, no matter how good a coach he is; as the former Mainz man alluded to, clubs tend to buy into the ‘new manager bounce’ theory, especially if relegation is a possibility.
Arsenal and Liverpool fans shouldn’t get too excited though, as bwin.com see Klopp’s most likely next stop to be the Germany job at 5/2, with Barcelona at 5/1 in this market ahead of the Gunners and Manchester City at 6/1 each, while the Reds are back at 11/1.