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Thomas Tuchel the fifth German boss in Premier League – how have others fared?

Thomas Tuchel’s appointment as Frank Lampard’s successor at Chelsea makes him the fifth German manager to work in the Premier League.

Here, the PA news agency looks at the careers of Tuchel’s compatriots in the English top flight.

Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)

Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left) and Jordan Henderson with the Champions League trophy as they arrive back at John Lennon Airport, Liverpool (Dave Howarth/PA)

By far the most successful name on the list, Klopp succeeded Brendan Rodgers at Anfield in October 2015 after making his name at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund. Liverpool finished eighth in the Premier League in Klopp’s first season and also lost in the final of the League Cup and Europa League. In 2018 they lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid but lifted the trophy the following year by beating Tottenham in the final and ended a 30-year wait for the league title in 2020.

Felix Magath (Fulham)

Felix Magath
Felix Magath suffered a nightmare spell as Fulham manager (Nigel French/PA)

Magath was appointed Fulham manager on Valentine’s Day in 2014 but the love affair proved short-lived. Magath took over with the club bottom of the table and four points adrift of safety with 12 games remaining, his predecessor Rene Meulensteen having lasted just 75 days after taking over from Martin Jol.
Magath had led Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga in 2005 and 2006 before achieving the same feat with Wolfsburg in 2009, but could not prevent Fulham from being relegated and was sacked in September with the Cottagers bottom of the Championship.

Jan Siewert (Huddersfield)

Jan Siewert
Jan Siewert could not prevent Huddersfield’s relegation from the Premier League in 2019 (Tim Goode/PA)

Siewert took over at Huddersfield following the departure of David Wagner – who incidentally is the son of an American serviceman father and a German mother – but managed just one win during his spell in charge. The Terriers were duly relegated by March and finished bottom of the Premier League, with Siewert dismissed after his side started the following season with three defeats and a draw.

Daniel Farke (Norwich)

Daniel Farke
Norwich City manager Daniel Farke (centre) during the promotion parade in Norwich City Centre.

Farke had replaced Wagner in charge of Borussia Dortmund’s reserve team in 2015 and followed him to England two years later, taking over at Carrow Road following the departure of Alex Neil. The Canaries finished 14th in the Championship in Farke’s first season in charge but he led them to the title the following season. Although their stay in the top flight was brief, the club’s owners kept faith in Farke and they currently top the Championship table.

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