Thomas Tuchel yesterday left Borussia Dortmund – three days after winning the German Cup
Puel guided Saints to an eighth-place finish in the Premier League and reached the EFL Cup final.
But they haven’t scored a home goal at St Mary’s for more than six hours and supporters have been left fuming with his negative style of play.
He has two years left on his contract but Saints chiefs are poised to axe him and are actively hunting possible replacement.
And Marchand, speaking on the L’Equipe du Soir TV channel, says Tuchel is leading the race to get the job.
Tuchel left Dortmund yesterday – just three days after lifting the German Cup.
But, like Puel at St Mary’s, he’s out of favour with club fans and has had run-ins with Dortmund chiefs.
If he does make the move, Tuchel would be the latest in a line of German bosses to try his luck in England.
In 2015, Jurgen Klopp – the man he replaced at Dortmund – took the job at Liverpool.
Weeks later, Klopp's close friend David Wagner was appointed boss at Huddersfield, who this week won promotion to the Premier League.
Daniel Farke became the latest German to move to England after moving from the Dortmund reserve side to Norwich.
WHO IS THOMAS TUCHEL?
The German has managed two clubs soon after the departure of current Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp – Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund. After the announcement of Klopp’s Liverpool appointment in 2015, Tuchel joked: “I’m so happy that Kloppo has finally made up his mind. Now I know where I’ll be going next as a coach.”
He delivered Borussia Dortmund’s first major trophy since the Bundesliga triumph in 2012, winning this season’s DFB-Pokal with a 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt. His departure came three days later.
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After the explosive devices that hit Borussia Dortmund’s coach in April 2017, before they played the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against AS Monaco, Tuchel said: “Everybody has the right to deal with it in the way they want to. If you want to talk about it, talk. If you want to be silent, be silent. If you need a hug. I'll hug you.”
The 43-year-old’s relationship with Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke wore thin after he wasn’t consulted about the rearrangement of this season’s Champions League quarter-final, following the attack on the team bus. The club denied the departure was related to this.
Tuchel was forced to end his playing career at the age of only 25 after suffering a serious knee injury when he was playing for third-tier German side SSV Ulm. This forced his hand into management at an early age, where he became assistant head coach of VfB Stuttgart’s youth team.
Some of Tuchel’s sessions have his team playing on slippery, extremely narrow or extremely wide pitches. He makes his players control the ball with their knees before passes and instructs defenders to hold on to tennis balls to stop them pulling the shirts of opponents, hoping real-game scenarios become easier to deal with as a result.
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When Tuchel arrived at Dortmund, the provincial club had an Italian restaurant at the training ground. He soon banned the players from having any pasta from there, instead insisting on only wholemeal products.
In a sabbatical between managing Mainz and Dortmund, Tuchel visited Brentford owner Matthew Benham to learn about the effect of mathematics and stats in football, and then went onto read the teachings of Professor Wolfganf Schollhorn, whose methods are used at Barcelona.
Upon arrival to the club, Tuchel handed Henrikh Mkhitaryan a book titled ‘The Inner Game of Tennis’ by Timothy Gallwey, which centers on visualization and clarity of thought. The Armenian was a consistent performer after Tuchel’s arrival and nicked a move to Manchester United last summer.
Tuchel’s win percentage at Borussia Dortmund (62.96%) was higher than predecessor Jurgen Klopp’s (56.3%), although he was in charge for 210 less games.