Who Is Oliver Glasner? The Wolfsburg manager linked with Tottenham, Frankfurt and RB Salzburg

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 28 April 2021, 14:29

An abundance of names have been fired into the frame for the Tottenham vacancy. 

Most are high-profile and well known in the English game, including Brendan Rodgers, former Juventus boss Max Allegri, and the now Bayern Munich bound Julian Nagelsmann. 

But there are a few managers behind the top cluster of frontrunners who don’t boast a similarly noteworthy status within the English game.

One of whom is Oliver Glasner, who has emerged as a 10/1 shot for the Tottenham job. He’s also reportedly on the radar of a couple of Bundesliga clubs, and could even opt to return to Austria following the news that RB Salzburg boss Jesse Marsch is set to switch Red Bull clubs to RB Leipzig.

Below, we’ve taken a look at the 46-year-old Austrian, his managerial record, and who he could be managing next season…

Who does Glasner manage and what’s his record like?

Glasner has been in charge of Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg since the summer of 2019.

Last season his side finished 7th in the table and reached the last-16 of the Europa League.

This season they exited Europe in the qualification rounds, but in the league they are flying up in 3rd spot with three games to go. 

Only Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig sit above them in the rankings, with Glasner’s troops currently ahead of the likes of Dortmund, Frankfurt, Leverkusen, and Gladbach. It would be a fantastic achievement should the Wolves secure a Champions League spot.

Wolfsburg are aggressive and physical, they play in a 4-2-3-1 formation, have a compact defence - the second stingiest in the league - and they are spearheaded by striker Wout Weghourst who has 25 goals to his name this season.


Where will Oliver Glasner be managing next season?

Who else has Glasner managed?

Prior to Wolfsburg, Austrian Glasner coached and assisted in his homeland at RB Salzburg, where he worked with and was influenced by the styles of Roger Schmidt and Ralf Rangnick.

His first job was a single season (2014/15) at SV Ried who finished 6th in the Austrian Bundesliga.

Glasner then moved to LASK Linz, whom he managed for four seasons and successfully installed a high-octane, possession-based brand of football; he juggled the job with a role as the club’s sports director. 

Glasner led the club into the top-flight where they finished 4th, followed by a runners-up spot in his final year which resulted in progression into the Champions League. 

Glasner, who accrued a 58% win rate, then moved to Wolfsburg while he was replaced at LASK by current Barnsley boss Valérien Ismaël.

Could he switch jobs this summer?

In 2019 Glasner signed a three-year deal with Wolfsburg, meaning he still has a year remaining on his contract. He is believed to have a €5m release clause.

However, it’s been reported that he has a strained relationship with the club’s director Jörg Schmadtke, leading to rumours that a summer exit could be on the cards. 

With this in mind, Glasner to Frankfurt has been doing the rounds, with their boss Adi Hutter set to leave at the end of the season in order to replace Marco Rose at Borussia Mönchengladbach.

RB Leipzig have also been touted following the news that Julian Nagelsmann will take charge of Bayern. However, while it’s not yet official, Jesse Marsch is rumoured to be heading to the Bundesliga side. Glasner could therefore be a candidate to succeed Marsh at RB Salzburg, whom he previously worked at.

Then there’s Tottenham, with Glasner suddenly rocking up in the market on Tuesday at 10/1 with Paddy Power.

Glasner is on an upward trajectory as he continues to enhance the reputation he honed in Austria over in Germany at Wolfsburg, yet while he’s undoubtedly a promising manager it would still come as a shock if Daniel Levy appointed the Austrian.

It would probably be a difficult sell with many fans, who crave a more established, high-profile name with trophies on the CV. 

But with Nagelsmann out of contention and Brendan Rodgers reaffirming his intention to stay at Leicester, Spurs will look to cover all bases in their search for a new boss - Erik ten Hag and Maurizio Sarri are currently being hotly linked.

Meanwhile, should Glasner leave Wolfsburg, there has been speculation that former PSV boss Mark van Bommel and Dortmund interim coach Edin Terzic could be in line to replace him.

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