Assistant Fießer should come with me

    Only recently Thomas Letsch emphasized on the Dutch regional broadcaster Omroep Gelderland that he wants to accept the “challenge” at Vitesse Arnhem despite a difficult transfer summer with some important players leaving. A few weeks later, the 54-year-old is about to move to the Bundesliga and justifies the move with changed circumstances.

    “I respect my contract. As long as there is no agreement, I will be Vitesse’s head coach,” Letsch said, according to De Gelderlander (quoted via “WAZ”) on the sidelines of a friendly against Sparta Rotterdam on Wednesday, but hinted at an impending move. “Once in a while opportunities and opportunities arise, then circumstances change. But the Bundesliga is always attractive for a German coach,” he said.


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    According to reports, the clubs involved are only haggling over the transfer fee, which should settle in the region of 500,000 euros. In addition, according to “Kicker”, Vitesse first wants to take care of Letsch’s successor before the coach, who is still under contract until 2023, is given the go-ahead. In the event of a change, assistant Jan Fießer would also move to Bochum, it is said.

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    15 Julian Nagelsmann (2019) – transfer fee: 5 million euros

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    TSG Hoffenheim -> RB Leipzig

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    15 Xavi (2021) – fee €5m

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    Al Sadd -> FC Barcelona
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    15 Peter Bosz (2017) – fee: 5 million euros

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    Ajax Amsterdam -> BVB

    14 Marco Rose (2021) – fee: over 5 million euros

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    Borussia Monchengladbach -> BVB

    13 Maurizio Sarri (2019) – fee: 5.55 million euros

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    Chelsea -> Juventus

    11 José Mourinho (2004) – fee: 6 million euros

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    FC Porto -> FC Chelsea

    11 Ronald Koeman (2015) – fee: 6 million euros

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    Southampton FC -> Everton FC

    9 Mark Hughes (2008) – fee: 6.2 million euros

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    Blackburn Rovers -> Manchester City

    9 Brendan Rodgers (2012) – fee: 6.2 million euros

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    Swansea City -> Liverpool FC

    8 Adi Hütter (2021) – transfer fee: 7.5 million euros

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    Eintracht Frankfurt -> Borussia Monchengladbach

    7 Rúben Amorim (2020) – fee: 10 million euros

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    Braga -> Sporting Lisbon

    6 Christophe Galtier (2022) – fee: 10 million euros

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    OGC Nice -> PSG

    5 Brendan Rodgers (2019) – fee: 10.44 million euros

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    Celtic -> Leicester City

    4 André Villas-Boas (2011) – fee: 15 million euros

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    FC Porto -> FC Chelsea

    3 José Mourinho (2010) – fee: 16 million euros

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    Inter Milan -> Real Madrid

    2 Graham Potter (2022) – Transfer fee: 17.4 million euros

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    Brighton & Hove Albion -> Chelsea FC

    1 Julian Nagelsmann (2021) – transfer fee: 25 million euros

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    RB Leipzig -> FC Bayern | According to advisor Volker Struth, Bayern paid just over 20 million euros. RB boss Mintzlaff confirmed 25 million euros at the end of 2021.

    Letsch, who before his time in Arnhem worked for Red Bull Salzburg, Erzgebirge Aue and Austria Wien, among others, has been coaching the Eredivisie club since 2020 and has led them to fourth and sixth place in the last two seasons. In 2021 he reached the Dutch Cup final, which Arnhem lost 2-1 to Ajax Amsterdam. In 101 games with Vitesse to date, Letsch has scored an average of 1.61 points.

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