Last Saturday, Bayern Munich lost 5-1 away from home against Eintracht Frankfurt on the 10th matchday of this Bundesliga season. After this weekend, Bayern fourth in the table and are four points behind the league leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.
This result against his former club Frankfurt ultimately cost Niko Kovač his job at Bayern as just one day after the match, his contract got mutually terminated. The current German champions said on their website that Kovač offered the club his resignation and the club accepted it. At the moment, the former assistant coach Hans-Dieter Flick is the interim manager. We will now look at the coaches who might take over Bayern.
“The Special One” is the biggest name that is rumoured within the last few days and is not active as a coach at any club at the moment. However, the club bosses of Bayern have been known to not be big fans of coaches who like to be in the spotlight. Another factor is clearly the language barrier since the Bavarians prefer to have a coach who already can speak German, but the Portuguese revealed a few months ago that he already studies German and would be interested in joining a German club in the future.
This is the second big name among the managers who are rumoured to become the new head coach of the Bavarians. Besides, the Frenchman can speak German and is currently also a free man since he ended his run with Arsenal in 2018 after 22 years in charge. However, it’s a big question if he’s even interested in getting back into the coaching business.
Erik ten Hag
The Dutch coach is the only one among the candidates who is currently at a club. He made himself a name in Europe because of the great performances of Ajax in the last Champions League season as they reached the semi-finals of the biggest European competition. Additionally, Ten Hag was between 2013 and 2015 the coach of the second squad of Bayern. However, it is unlikely Ajax would let him go during this season and so Bayern will probably have to wait until the next summer to get him.
The Italian coach who left Juventus last summer is the less likely option of all the mentioned coaches. The reason for this is that he said a few weeks back that he would want to take a year sabbatical. Considering this, it would be a real shocker if Bayern would convince him, and besides, he doesn’t speak German which is a central aspect.
The 61-year-old German has already been in almost every position in the game. Last season, he was the coach and the sporting director of RB Leipzig at the same time, and at the moment he’s the Head of International Relations and Scouting for NY Red Bulls and Red Bull Brasil. Since 2012, he’s been working in different positions for the RB Salzburg and RB Leipzig clubs. In light of this, he’s one of the people who are responsible for the success of these two clubs within the last few years. Considering this, it would be a great surprise if he joins Bayern Munich.
At the moment the most likely option is that Flick will be the interim coach for the rest of the season and then in the summer Ten Hag will join the German champions from Ajax. However, nothing is official yet and in the modern game, almost everything is possible. So we’ll just have to wait and see.