Liverpool assistant manager Željko Buvač has had an interview in Germany to become the new manager of Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer when Niko Kovač takes over at Bayern Munich.
It might be going under the radar somewhat given Liverpool’s amazing progression to the 2017/18 Champions League final, but the situation with Željko Buvač leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
The club issued a statement saying that the Bosnian-Serb has taken leave of his post until the end of the season due to “personal reasons” but the ongoing media speculation points towards it having to do with a conflict of interests.
This conflict would be between Buvač and Jürgen Klopp and, by extension, Liverpool. Reports in the media suggest he could take over at Arsenal with Arsene Wenger leaving while new material today points toward him returning to Germany but as a no.1 not an assistant.
According to Back Page Football, Buvač was given “permission by Liverpool to interview for at least two jobs, though he only interviewed for one.”
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The job that he did have an interview for was at Eintracht Frankfurt, who will be out of a manager at the end of the season when Niko Kovač departs for his new post at Bayern Munich.
Apparently the hierarchy at Frankfurt are fans of Buvač’s and there is no clear path for him to return to Liverpool in the summer.
If it’s true and Buvač has left the club before the end of the season so as to clear his mind and take offers for other managerial posts, he has a done the Liverpool squad a real injustice with a Champions League final just weeks away.
While Peter Krawietz has taken over in the interim as Klopp’s no.2 and is more than able, there is no denying that Buvač’s untimely departure is a blow to the Reds’ squad but I can’t see Klopp allowing it to negatively impact the momentum built up over the last few weeks.