Bayer Leverkusen reportedly plans to replace under-fire head coach Gerardo Seoane with former Liverpool legendary midfielder Xabi Alonso..

2022-10-05 18:14

Bayer Leverkusen reportedly plans to replace under-fire head coach Gerardo Seoane with former Liverpool legendary midfielder Xabi Alonso..

Bayer Leverkusen are planning to appoint Liverpool legendary former Spain international midfielder Xabi Alonso as their new head coach, ESPN reported on Wednesday, citing multiple internal sources.

According to the report, due to Leverkusen's 2-0 loss to Porto in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday, and that the Bundesliga side only accumulated 5 points after the first games of the season and ranked second bottom, placing 17th in the relegation zone, head coach Gerardo Seoane's position has become increasingly shaky.

Although Seoane, who only took over last summer, successfully led Die Werkself to a third place finish last season, the club's executives always believed that the lack of signings and the poor record to the start of the season made them begin to think that the 43-year-old Swiss head coach had to be replaced in order turn the tide around.

Inexperienced but highly praised

The 40 year-old Alonso, retired and officially entered the coaching world in 2018, as he started his coaching career with former club Real Madrid's U14 youth team.

In the summer of 2019, Alonso accepted the invitation of his boyhood club Real Sociedad to become the head coach of its reserve team, and led his team to win the Spanish third division title and promotion to the Segunda Division the following year.

In May of this year, when confirming that he would return to Liverpool to participate in the Legends game, Alonso revealed in an interview that he had resigned as the head coach of the Sanse B team, and he is also willing to take up the challenge of coaching the first team.

Last year, there were media reports which speculated that Alonso was expected to return to the Bundesliga as the head coach of Borussia Monchengladbach, but then this rumour eventually died down.

In addition, it is worth mentioning that Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo also once speculated that Alonso will return to Real Madrid to take over as Los Blancos' new first team head coach after Carlo Ancelotti's retirement, however the midfield maestro, who also played for Bayern Munich, shies away by saying that he is not paying too much attention to something that only might happen in the future when he was questioned about rumours which linked him to the La Liga giants.

There is also another name which says that has no intention of returning to coach in his home nation for the time being

At the same time, Germany television, Sports1 also added that Leverkusen had also been in contact with Thomas Tuchel in private, but the former Chelsea head coach explicitly rejected the club's offer because he had no intention of returning to Germany at the moment.

Alonso, who played for Liverpool for five years between 2004 and 2009, was one of the best players under former manager Rafael Benitez, during which he made several long-range shots from the center circle and turning them into wonder goals, making him famous around the world, but because Benitez later angered Alonso by pursuing former England international midfielder Gareth Barry, the latter was forced to leave the Reds to join Real Madrid in August 2009.

At that time, his departure directly led to a serious decline in the Premier League giants' performances, and even legendary captain Steven Gerrard confessed when his teammates learned that Alonso would leave, he was devastated when he published his autobiography many years later.