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Top Gladbach head-coaching candidate insists focus is purely on present German opponent

By Peter Vice   @ViceytheSS

When the search for Gladbach's next head-coach kicked off earlier this week, a list of four quickly got whittled down to a list of one. 

Ahead of today's Europa League fixture against Leverkusen, German journalists got a chance to delve into Young Boys Bern gaffer Gerardo Seoane had been contacted yet by the foals.
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The Bundesliga's worst kept secret finally found public disclosure when it was revealed that BMG trainer Marco Rose would move to Dortmund at the end of the season. Names immediately cropping up included Rose's replacement at RB Salzburg Jesse Marsch, current Werder Bremen trainer Florian Kohfeldt, and Ajax head-coach Erik ten Hag. 

For his part, club sporting director Max Eberl insisted he would take his time with the search for a replacement, building assessments for the best replacements "in patient peace and quiet." It remains conceivable, however, that Eberl will be taking a closer look at one of the top candidates working down south in the Swiss Alpo Super League. 

Geraldo Seoane looks set to lead Swiss capital side Young Boys Bern to their fourth consecutive league title. He carries with him the German language requirement most Bundesliga sides seek along with modern tactical acumen and a proven track record of success. Seoane stepped into Adi Hütter's shoes to lead BSC-YB in 2018. 

Seoane played it conservatively when asked about the Gladbach links.

"Of course I've heard of them," Seoane told Swiss newspaper Blick yesterday, "These are headlines that are part of the business. Nevertheless, for me, these are just speculations and rumours. I'll hold a line of not commenting on this. My focus is exclusively on the game against Leverkusen."

Seoane's statements seemed couched somewhat in that he did not deny actual contact or interest, preferring instead to take a personal stance and defer on the subject. The 42-year-old's team will (local restrictions permitting) travel to Nordrhein-westfallen for the return leg next Thursday. This may constitute the perfect opportunity to further negotiations with one of Leverkusen's close neighbours.  

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