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Raúl a legitimate candidate for Frankfurt trainer position

By Peter Vice

Germany's main sporting tabloid reports that current VfL Wolfsburg trainer Oliver Glasner remains the favorite to take over for Adi Hütter at Eintracht Frankfurt. 

A report from SportBild, popping up in other reputable news sources as well, adds a rather salacious name to the mix. 

Different sources offer different information about who has reached out to whom, but all confirm that the SGE consider bringing back a Spanish legend to the Bundesliga. 

Raul Gonzalez.
Raul Gonzalez. Photo: DerHans04, CC BY-SA 3.0

Rumors that Xavi Alonso was in line to succeed Marco Rose at Borussia Mönchengladbach dissipated almost as soon as they cropped up. Some weeks later, reports suggest that a Bundesliga veteran and current gaffer of a Spanish B side is again being considered for a gig in the Bundesrepublik.

Bundesliga fans need no reminder of Raúl González Blanco's full name. A simple mention of the name "Raúl" will suffice. When the Real Madrid legend opted to spend two years with Schalke 04 near the end of his storied career, the new arrival quickly cemented his cult status in German Bundesliga.

The world class striker tallied 40 times across all competitions in just two seasons in Gelsenkirchen, including unforgettable goals such as the winner against Bayern in the 2011 DFB-Pokal semi-finals and aggregate brace that sent die Knappen to their first ever UCL semi-finals.

Raúl quickly impressed German football fans not only with his performance on the pitch, but also his quick grasp of the language. When he departed the Königsblauen after two monumental seasons, the club temporarily retired his #7 tricot.

SportBild, Spox, and Sky Germany report that Raúl's agent contacted Eintracht Frankfurt about the possibility of assuming it's vacant coaching position after Adi Hütter vacates the chair at the end of the campaign. An article appearing on GOAL online magazine, however, suggests that it's the German football club who is actively courting the Spaniard.

All sources agree that only basic contact has been confirmed. As the trainer of Real Madrid B, Raúl may be considered the favorite to succeed Zinedine Zidane, should he resign after the season. The old rumors about soon-to-be ex-Bundestrainer Joachim Löw emerging as a candidate to take over the Royals may have something to do with the 43-year-old's agent looking for other options. Löw has repeatedly dropped hints that he sees a potential future in Spain.

Germany's SportBild maintains that Oliver Glasner remains the preferred pick at Frankfurt. With Wolfsburg, Eintracht, and even Real Madrid B a bit preoccupied with meeting their sporting objectives over the final weeks of the season, it's safe to assume that matters will proceed slowly in the SGE's negotiations to bring in a new head-coach.

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