FIVE CONTENDERS TO FILL BAYERN VACANCY
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.
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.
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 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.