Report: Bayern Munich want Arsene Wenger as their new manager

TOKYO, JAPAN - OCTOBER 24: Arsene Wenger speaks to the media at Yoshimoto Hall on October 24, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - OCTOBER 24: Arsene Wenger speaks to the media at Yoshimoto Hall on October 24, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/Getty Images) /

Arsene Wenger reportedly emerges as the top managerial candidate for Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich is set to be linked with numerous managers in the coming weeks. The Bundesliga club decided to part ways with Niko Kovac after a string of poor performances in October. Bayern’s 5-1 defeat against Frankfurt eventually sealed his fate at the club.

Hansi Flick will manage the first team against Olympiakos and Borussia Dortmund. The Bavarians are set to take the upcoming international break to do a thorough search for their next manager. Uli Hoeness confirmed that Bayern is likely to have a new manager before the game against Fortuna Dusseldorf on November 23.

According to The Guardian, Bayern Munich have turned their attention to Arsene Wenger to fill the vacant managerial post. The German club decided to go all out for Wenger after Ralf Rangnick’s agent ruled out a move to Bavaria.

The French manager has been out of management for more than a year since leaving Arsenal in 2018. Wenger managed the North-London for 22 seasons. When asked about the reports linking him to Bayern, Wenger told Bein Sport (via Evening Standard) that he is ready to return to football management. The Frenchman admits that he misses the intensity of the game and would like to return management after one year’s sabbatical.

"“Of course. Coaching is what was my whole life until now. Everybody who has coached will tell you the same. You miss the intensity but some things you miss a lot, some things you don’t miss. I enjoy the things I don’t miss too much.”“But on the other hand: football games, winning football games, preparing the team for the game, and getting satisfaction and shared emotions. That is something that you miss.”"

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Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel has also ruled out joining Bayern midway through the season. As per Sky Sports, Die Roten had reportedly contacted the German manager. Tuchel has been previously linked with Bayern, but a move doesn’t look plausible anytime soon unless things go really bad for him at the French club.

The Bundesliga champions have been heavily linked with Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag. However, Ten Hag confirmed on Tuesday that he is not leaving the Dutch club midway through the season. In such a scenario, Die Roten may have to look at an interim boss and then move for Ten Hag in summer.

Wenger fits this profile as he can not be a long term option for the Bavarians. The Frenchman struggled during his last few years at Arsenal but remains one of the sharpest brains in the football management world. Moreover, he also plays an attractive style of play that will leave a strong platform for Ten Hag to work with next season.

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Bayern had to look for an interim option when they decided to sack Carlo Ancelotti in 2017.  Jupp Heynckes was the go-to man at that time. Heynckes will not come out of retirement this time, so Wenger could act as a similar type of appointment, giving Die Roten time to decide on the long term successor of Kovac.