FIVE CON­TENDERS TO FILL BAY­ERN VA­CANCY

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Jose Mour­inho

Mour­inho may have seen his stock take a hit in re­cent years, but the Por­tuguese re­mains one of the most lauded and suc­cess­ful coaches of the mod­ern era. The for­mer Manch­ester United and Chelsea man­ager will bring plenty of pedi­gree and has proved that when in charge of a top side, he can dom­i­nate. Bay­ern might be wary of his un­savoury an­tics and short shelf life, but he has the big per­son­al­ity to han­dle a club of their stature.

Erik ten Hag

Ten Hag has be­come a soughtafte­r man­ager fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful 2018/19 sea­son when Ajax won the do­mes­tic dou­ble and reached the Cham­pi­ons League semi-fi­nals. De­spite some key play­ers leav­ing in the sum­mer, Ten Hag has Ajax six points clear at the top of the Ere­di­visie af­ter 12 games. Bay­ern are sure to be at­tracted to his ex­cit­ing brand of foot­ball and his af­fil­i­a­tion with the club (Ten Hag spent two years as man­ager of Bay­ern Mu­nich II), but his lack of big club ex­pe­ri­ence in charge out­side of the Nether­lands may count against him.

Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri

Al­le­gri has been out of work since leav­ing Ju­ven­tus in the sum­mer and it will be a sur­prise if he is not a prime can­di­date. The Ital­ian has won six Serie A ti­tles, the first with AC Mi­lan in 2011 be­fore se­cur­ing five in a row with Juve – mean­ing he won the Scud­etto ev­ery year he was in Turin. He also won four Copa Ital­ias in five years

and reached two Cham­pi­ons League fi­nals with Juve. Al­le­gri’s ex­pe­ri­ence and proven track record make him quite an at­trac­tive op­tion, while the fact he is un­em­ployed – and thus Bay­ern Mu­nich do not have to ne­go­ti­ate with an­other club – also works to his ben­e­fit.

Hans-Di­eter Flick

The man in the best po­si­tion to prove he can earn the Bay­ern job hav­ing been put in in­terim charge fol­low­ing Ko­vac’s de­par­ture. Flick, who made over 100 ap­pear­ances for Bay­ern as a player, has plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence as an as­sis­tant fol­low­ing eight years with the Ger­man na­tional team. Big clubs around Europe have shown their will­ing­ness to put for­mer play­ers in charge de­spite a lack of ex­pe­ri­ence, and a good run of re­sults could see Flick land the job full time.

Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel worked won­ders at Mainz be­fore mov­ing to Borus­sia Dort­mund where he won the Ger­man Cup in his sec­ond and fi­nal sea­son. Tuchel was ap­pointed PSG man­ager last sum­mer, win­ning the do­mes­tic dou­ble in his first sea­son. His ex­pe­ri­ence of han­dling big per­son­al­i­ties at PSG would hold him in good stead at Bay­ern, while be­ing Ger­man will work in his favour. The French giants are cruis­ing in Ligue 1 and top their Cham­pi­ons League group, but three league de­feats in 12 games has raised some eye­brows at a club that ex­pects noth­ing less than per­fec­tion. A move to Bay­ern could suit all par­ties.

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