Bayer Leverkusen: Former Liverpool star now in frame to take over after Thomas Tuchel snub

Xabi Alonso, January 2022

Bayer Leverkusen have reportedly made Xabi Alonso a firm manager target to take over from Gerardo Seoane after Thomas Tuchel snubbed the job.

Seoane has come under fire this season following a poor start in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League. Leverkusen in fact sit second from bottom in the German top flight, with one win from eight games.

In the Champions League, meanwhile, Leverkusen have won only one of their three matches.

And Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat to Porto in Group B came with a red card for defender Jeremie Frimpong.

According to ESPN, Leverkusen are therefore considering sacking Seoane. Previous reports detailed how former Chelsea boss Tuchel rejected the opportunity to take over.

As a result, ESPN brings former Liverpool midfielder Alonso into the frame for Leverkusen.

The Spaniard, who also played for Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, began his coaching career with Los Blancos as a youth coach.

He then took a step up in July 2019 by becoming the manager of Real Sociedad B.

And in 2021, Alonso led the Spanish club to promotion to the Second Division for the first time in 60 years.

However, he left this summer and has not returned to a dugout since. Although, ESPN adds that Alonso fancies the chance at turning Leverkusen’s season around.

Real Sociedad had hoped to keep the 40-year-old on board, but he ultimately fancied a new challenge.

And while he has been unable to find one as yet, an opening could soon arrive at Leverkusen.

Alonso also began his playing career at Sociedad before moving to Liverpool in 2004 under the leadership of fellow Spaniard Rafael Benitez.

He left Anfield in 2009 for Real Madrid, before enjoying a three-year spell at Bayern after five years in the Spanish capital.

Xabi Alonso deserves big first chance

Alonso has yet to have a proper go at top-level management, but the Leverkusen job could well be his first big opportunity.

He has watched his fellow Spaniard Mikel Arteta perform well at Arsenal after the former Gunners star took his first big step into the coaching world.

Elsewhere from that generation of midfielders, 42-year-old Steven Gerrard won the Scottish Premiership with Rangers and is now at Aston Villa.

And Frank Lampard, 44, went big and bold at the start of his coaching career with Chelsea. He is now looking to stabilise Everton after guiding them away from relegation last term.

Given the success former midfielders of a similar age are enjoying in management, it seems fitting that Alonso also gets his first crack at top-level management soon.

He was a fantastic midfielder as a player and can take heart from the aforementioned trio taking steps into the dugout.

Alonso certainly had a brilliant football brain which will no doubt serve him well if Leverkusen take him on.

The German club are in need of a revival and what better way than the statement arrival of Alonso?