Former Liverpool assistant manager Zeljko Buvac is in the running to be appointed as the new manager of Turkish giants Fenerbahce if the man currently in that position, Philipp Cocu, is unable to turn around the club's fortunes.
Turkish Football cites reports from Milliyet and the Star that claim Fenerbahce are assessing their options and have drawn up a shortlist of candidates after a poor start to the Turkish Super Lig season, which has seen them drop to 14th place with just two wins from their opening seven matches.
Buvac has been out of work since he left Liverpool towards the end of last season in what was initially believed to be a temporary exit.
However, with the Bosnian being linked to other jobs (including briefly Arsenal in the summer) and Pep Lijnders establishing himself as Jurgen Klopp's right-hand man, it appears certain that his exit was permanent.
Whilst Fenerbahce would come as Buvac's first managerial position, the experience that he has of Europe's biggest competitions will appeal to those in charge of the Istanbul club, who boast the likes of ex-Premier League stars Martin Skrtel, Roberto Soldado and Islam Slimani among their ranks
Btw the guys saying our attack hasn’t been right since buvac has gone are not wrong. Apparently it was buvac who designed the attack running patterns with the forwards. At the moment mané seems to be playing his own game and salah isn’t playing at all. Bobby quiet too.— DC (@Advan_Sports_Sc) October 4, 2018
Buvac is a well-respected coach around Europe and, despite Liverpool's strong start to the campaign, some supporters of the club are questioning whether his departure from Merseyside has left an attacking void in Jurgen Klopp's tactics.