Reports coming out of Germany today are suggesting that Bayer Leverkusen are soon to have a new manager on board – BSC Young Boys’ Gerardo Seoane. Although a relative unknown in the footballing universe, the arrival of Seoane could be a god-sent for Bayer Leverkusen, as they look to get back to their best and reclaim top four.
Former Europa League finalist Peter Bosz was the man in charge of Bayer 04 for three years (2018-2021), until his team dropped down to sixth place in the Bundesliga table this year. Leverkusen might have been quick to pull the trigger on Bosz, but their ambitions of UEFA Champions League football season after season are clear, and the Dutch coach was not meeting that expectation. Germany U18’s boss Hannes Wolf took over on an interim basis for Bosz at the end of the season, with the team not faring any better than sixth place. Die Werkself‘s hunt for a new coach has been ongoing ever since, and they might have just found their man in Gerardo Seoane.
The Swiss coach led his BSC Young Boys team to a league title in all three of his seasons in charge, ahead of the likes of FC Basel and Servette FC. This season his team have been practically unbeatable, achieving 81 points in 35 league matches so far this campaign – nearly 30 more than second place Basel, who sit on 53 points. Along the way, the 42-year-old’s implemented a possession-based, attacking style of football, which will be attractive to Leverkusen in their quest to reclaim top four. Having never managed in a top five league, the appointment of Seoane could also be seen as a gamble. However, it appears to be a very sensible piece of business from Die Werkself and time will tell whether or not it pays off in them achieving new heights in the Bundesliga.