Monday, January 25, 2021

Wenger “not an option” for Bayern

Yesterday, we gave a run down of the most likely targets for Bayern Munich as they go about their managerial search. On that list was former Arsenal manager and footballing legend, Arsene Wenger – but today, the chairman of the executive board at Bayern, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, confirmed the Frenchman is “not an option”.

Arsene Wenger

According to Christian Falk of BILD, the 70-year-old Wenger today called Rummenigge to express his interest in taking the reigns at Bayern, but after their conversation decided against it. “Bayern appreciate Arsene Wenger very much for his work as a coach at Arsenal London,” wrote Falk. “But he is no option as a coach at Bayern Munich.”

So then, where do the German champions turn now? The oddsmakers at Sky Bet have today dramatically shortened the odds of Hansi Flick taking the job on a full-time basis – most likely until the end of the season. To me, that’s the sensible decision for the Bayern hierarchy to make – a stopgap until May, then go all out to bring in Erik ten Hag in the summer.

Wenger not on the Bayern list

Flick, who is currently serving as the interim manager in Munich, has already taken charge of one game – last nights 2-0 win against Olympiakos in the UEFA Champions League. But will he be able to bring success to Bavaria this season?

My gut feeling is not, I’m not so sure he has the ability or tactical nous to command such a talented group of individuals. Is he the right man to make the tough decision? Will he be able to drop the big names when and if the need arises to do so? I’m not sure.

Based on the sheer talent available in the squad, Bayern shouldn’t struggle to claim their spot in the Champions League again for next season, but I feel like their could finally be an end to their dominance of the Bundesliga title. With Monchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig currently occupying the top three spots in Germany’s top division, they’ll all be licking their chops at the prospect of a Bayern-less title race.

What do you think? Can Bayern still challenge for the title if Hansi Flick becomes manager?

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