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MetiNews.Com - The Paderborn head coach has been previously linked with Celtic but an Ashton Gate move looks unlikely
Breaking News ! Whereas the criteria desired by the Bristol City has been nuanced and complex, what the majority of Robins fans desire from their new head coach has been crystal clear: proven Championship promotion-winning ability. It's why Chris Hughton has been the standout candidate in the eyes of supporters for so long and why other options such as Steven Gerrard, John Terry, Paul Cook and Ryan Lowe have failed to attract the same level of excitement. But while the collective gaze has largely been focused on domestic coaches, City have been casting their net beyond these borders to consider individuals on the continent. Read More Related Articles Bristol City's next manager: Can Eddie Howe be considered a realistic candidate? As the club's scouting operation has widened, so too the club's reputation and knowledge of other markets, and amid the interview process there has been a feeling of at least one "unknown candidate". On Saturday, the name of Paderborn head coach Steffen Baumgart shot up the betting to lie 12/1 in between Alex Neil and Dean Holden, with the 48-year-old exactly the sort of under-the-radar name the club might consider. City's blueprint for success is also borrowed from other clubs and they will point to the examples of Norwich City and Brentford as teams who have either been promoted or competed for play-offs on relatively modest means. Both have appointed largely unknown coaches within England - Daniel Farke and Thomas Frank - to the position of head coach and reaped the rewards of the new ideas they bring to the league. Baumgart may be a new name to many Robins supporters, but the German has in recent seasons made a significant impression in his native country. The former Wolfsburg striker was appointed Paderborn boss in April 2017. At that point, the club – who had been relegated from the Bundesliga in 2015 – were languishing in the third tier of German football. Read More Related Articles Next Bournemouth manager odds: Former Bristol City head coach among early favourites Read More Related Articles Bristol City chairman hints managerial appointment could be close with cryptic message After narrowly avoiding another relegation, Baumgart led Paderborn back up the German football pyramid, securing back-to-back promotions to regain their top-flight status ahead of the 2019/20 season. And while their return to the Bundesliga culminated in relegation once more, Baumgart has attracted plenty of plaudits for his attack-happy style of football. The 48-year-old primarily used a 4-4-2 formation during 2019/20, although he also deployed a 4-3-3 at times. Despite finishing bottom, they ranked 13th out of the Bundesliga’s 18 teams in average possession, with 45.7 percent as per Opta. Read More Related Articles The state of play regarding every Bristol City player's contract, expiration date and extensions Out of possession, Paderborn have been tenacious, too, with 11.8 tackles successful tackles per game ranking them second in the Bundesliga. Granted, as one of the division’s strugglers, they have more opportunities to try and win the ball back, but with a 63.3 percent success rate, only Koln and Bayer Leverkusen were more efficient.
. In possession, their 4-4-2 becomes a 4-1-4-1 with one of the strikers dropping much deeper in order to aid the attacking transition. When defending, they often take up a 4-2-2-2.
Christopher Antwi-Adjej in action for Paderborn
They are renowned for their speed in transitions and in Christopher Antwi-Adjej and Kai Proger, have wingers who are proficient in one-on-one situations with opposition defenders. Baumgart also likes his side to be compact in order to facilitate one-touch passing sequences, which have become a key facet of Paderborn’s approach. Theirs is a system which has proven problematic for the Bundesliga’s heavy-hitters. They suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat by Bayer Leverkusen on the opening day of the season and were on the wrong end of the same scoreline both home and way against Bayern Munich.
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Paderborn’s emphasis on attack allowed them to score at least once in each of their first seven games back in the Bundesliga, an unusual stat for a newly-promoted side. In November, their clash at home to Borussia Dortmund proved a neat encapsulation of their fortunes. Having played some beautiful, free-flowing football to race into a 3-0 lead at half time, they wilted in the face of a resurgent Dortmund, conceding two late goals as the sides drew 3-3. Exciting, chaotic, unpredictable: although Paderborn had threatened to stun Dortmund in front of the Yellow Wall, they weren’t quite able to get the job done.
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However, while their spirited performances against the league’s heavyweights led to them being heralded as a breath of fresh air, it ultimately proved their downfall. In the end, they finished 10 points adrift of second-from-bottom Dusseldorf having conceded 74 goals in 34 games, five more than any other team. Baumgart has overseen Paderborn’s impressive resurgence and would certainly bring exciting ideas on how to breathe new life into City’s attack, but in order to improve their standing in the Championship, the Robins require someone who can find that balance between solid defending and effective attacking.
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The 48-year-old was previously linked with the Celtic job but dismissed those claims at the time, although admitted he was flattered by the association. Sources in Germany have indicated that Baumgart is likely to remain as Paderborn coach for the 2020/21 season - as the club have instructed - and any move away from the Benteler Arena would be within Germany and to a top-flight club. He possesses limited English and he is said to be a family man with his base in Köpenick to the east of the country, near Berlin. A move to Bristol would represent considerable upheaval and a personal and professional gamble, given his lack of English football experience, for both coach and prospective employer.
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