Newcastle are reportedly interested in bringing former Mainz manager Thomas Tuchel to Tyneside to replace the departed Alan Pardew, with the German 16/1 (from 33/1) to take over from Alan Pardew.
The Guardian report that 41-year-old Tuchel, who earned himself an enviable reputation during five successful seasons at the Rhineland club, is precisely the kind of hands on training ground coach that owner Mike Ashley desires.
However, the complicated nature of the way in which he departed his former employers suggests current caretaker John Carver – currently 4/1 to be next permanent boss – may well find himself in charge until the end of the season.
After being promoted from youth team coach to the top job when Mainz arrived in the Bundesliga during the 2009/10 Tuchel was able to coax three top-ten finishes from his charges.
His sophomore effort was perhaps his finest, guiding the circa 202,000 population city side to an eye-watering fifth place (eerily similar to Newcastle’s 2010/11 effort) and beating FC Bayern Munchen in Bavaria along the way.
Yet last season wasn’t too far behind in terms of achievement, with Europa League qualification secured by virtue of ending up in sevent.
During the campaign he was the subject of interest from Champions League regulars Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke, but instead her chose to leave the club at the end of the campaign, despite having one year left on his contract.
Mainz refused to release him from his deal at the Coface Arena, leading to a peculiar kind of sabbatical situation where Tuchel is not paid a wage, yet he cannot join another club without his former employers’ permission.
His new team would also need to pay the Germans compensation if wishing to bring him in before the end of the 2014/15.
If the notoriously parsimonious Newcastle owner is keen to pull off what would be something of a coup by bringing in the highly-regarded tactician, it seems far more likely that he will hand the reins to Carver in the same way Tim Sherwood was given semi-permanent charge of Tottenham last term.