After the departure of Niko Kovac, Bayern Munich has reportedly contacted Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag.
Bayern Munich announced the departure of Niko Kovac late in the evening on Sunday. After a dreadful 5-1 defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt, Kovac’s days at Bayern looked numbered. The Croatian has been under pressure due to Die Roten’s poor performances in October.
The club chiefs were reportedly ready to assess Kovac’s future after the games against Olympiakos and Borussia Dortmund this week. However, the latest reports in Germany suggest that Kovac offered to resign from his post.
Hansi Flick has been temporarily given the reigns of the first team. He will be managing the team for this week’s crucial games in the Champions League and Bundesliga. Meanwhile, Bayern will carry out the process to bring in a new manager.
According to Sky Sports in Germany, Bayern Munich has already contacted Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag for the managerial role. This report insists that Rekordmeister will have to wait until summer as Ajax are unlikely to allow Ten Hag to leave midway through this season.
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The Guardian also confirms that Ten Hag is one of the leading contenders to become Bayern’s coach. Arsene Wenger, Massimiliano Allegri, and Ralf Rangnick are also on the club’s shortlist for this role. The club is looking at both short-term and long-term solutions at the moment. Allegri and Wenger are currently without any club, while Rangnick is the head of sport and development at Red Bull.
The Athletic UK’s Raphael Honigstein also confirmed Bayern’s interest in Ten Hag. Die Roten have been linked with Ten Hag on numerous occasions in the past six months. The Dutch manager recently admitted that he would be open to managing the Bundesliga club in the future.
Ten Hag previously coached the reserves team during Pep Guardiola‘s tenure at Bayern. He grabbed the attention of Europe’s top clubs last season after taking Ajax to the semi-finals of the Champions League. He won all the domestic trophies with Ajax last season. Hag focuses on playing an attractive style of football, which has eventually made him one of the hottest managerial prospects in Europe.
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At the start of this season, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted that Bayern needs to play attractive football along with winning silverware. Ten Hag will help in playing attractive football at Die Roten, but it will be interesting to see whether he can manage expectations at a big club.