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Oliver Glasner looks to be on the move, Wolfsburg set sights on Terzic

By Peter Vice

In the German Bundesliga's game of "coaching musical chairs", it shall still be some time before the music stops. 

As Tuesday drew to a close, some German media sources seem to tend toward VfL Wolfsburg's Oliver Glasner swapping one German Saxon state for another en route to RB Leipzig's trainer position.

Others have Glasner heading back to Austria to take over for Jesse Marsch at RB Salzburg after the latter makes a lateral move in the Red Bull System. 

According to Germany's Westdeutscher Allgemeine Zeitung, Jörg Schmadtke and the VfL administrators have Dortmund's interim trainer in their sights. 

Edin Terzic.
Edin Terzic.

The head-coaching position in Germany's "Autostadt" isn't even vacant yet, but there is plenty of speculation that there may be an empty chair at Germany's green company team very soon. Despite accomplishing undeniable success together, VfL Wolfsburg boss Jörg Schmadtke and Oliver Glasner have repeatedly conceded that their working relationship does suffer strain.


Schmadtke and Glasner fell out earlier in the season after Glasner criticized some of the front office's summer transfer moves. Though the two actors have dealt maturely and professionally with the matter, it is not inconceivable that Schmadtke and sporting director Marcel Schäfer would quickly accede to any club wishing to pluck the 46-year-old.

Glasner himself, a native Austrian, might be amenable to a move back to his home country. His last appointment there, at LASK Linz, enabled him to wear both hats as both trainer and club manager. The RB system may offer him such an opportunity, either in Salzburg or in Leipzig.

The German Red Bulls even have direct experience with such a dual-role arrangement. Ralf Rangnick was allowed to coach the players and manage the personnel at his time there. These are among the factors leading German news sources to tend towards a Glasner departure.

Current Dortmund interim trainer Edin Terzic's future post as assistant coach under incoming trainer Marco Rose is largely considered untenable by many in German footballing circles. Even if the 38-year-old doesn't lead the team back to the Champions' League, he's built up enough caché to lead to his own opportunity, even if it's in the second division.

Germany's pre-eminent Nordrhein-westfallen daily reports that Wolfsburg is focusing on Terzic. There would appear to be no barrier to Terzic moving away from Dortmund with the capital he's been accorded the chance to build up. BVB boss Hans-Joachim Watzke admitted as much in a February interview with Sky Germany.

"Our main wish is that Edin continues to be a part of Borussia Dortmund's coaching team," Watzke said at the time, "But it he approached us with other wishes, of course we would sit down and talk about it as grown-ups, as we've always done in Dortmund."


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