Top contenders to replace Niko Kovac at Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich sacked the 48-year-old manager after the side’s humiliating 5-1 defeat at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday evening.

Bayern Munich made Niko Kovac pay the price for an average start to the 2019/20 campaign by sacking the 48-year-old on Sunday evening.

The former Eintracht Frankfurt manager, who won the Bundesliga title during his first season at Allianz Arena, was unable to silence the detractors questioning the way he sets up his teams to play.

Rumors of discontent within the club were growing even before the start of this season, though they only reached the boiling point stage after Bayern’s humiliating 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt, with the Reds now finding themselves four points adrift of league leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.

Their decision to sack Kovac one week before the November international break has sent the tongues wagging about who would replace the 48-year-old at the club’s hot seat. And in this article, we’re going to examine the top contenders for the job.

Favorites – Flick/Klose, Mourinho, Allegri

Jose Mourinho
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 28: Jose Mourinho is seen in the stands prior to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between France and USA at Parc des Princes on June 28, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

If the reports of German media are to be believed, the duo of Hansi Flick and Miroslav Klose are among the hot favorites to replace Kovac at the Allianz Arena.

While Flick was a co-coach of Kovac and is currently the interim manager at Bayern, Klose has only recently indicated his desire to become a football manager in the near future. It is reported that Bayern are looking at an arrangement which will involve the club hiring both these ex-players to replace Kovac.

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, is another elite manager who has been out of a job after he was sacked by Manchester United in December last year, though observers credit him for taking a weak United side to finish 2nd in the league a year ago.

The Portuguese has won league titles in Portugal, England, Italy, and Spain during his nearly 2-decade long managerial career at top European clubs. Though the defensive manner in which Mourinho sets up his teams to play makes it difficult to see how Bayern’s purists would want to give him the job.

Massimiliano Allegri

Massimiliano Allegri has been out of a job ever since he left Juventus at the end of last season to go on a planned one-year sabbatical. The 52-year-old has the pedigree which the Bayern bosses may want in the club’s new manager as he guided the Old Lady to 5 straight Serie A titles during his stay in Turin.

Also, while he was unable to deliver Juve their first Champions League title in more than 2 decades, Allegri showcased his ability to get the best out of high-profile names. His could certainly be a safe pair of hands as Bayern want to steady the ship after a tumultuous start to the 2019/20 campaign.


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Also in the running – Ten Hag, Ragnick, Alonso, Wenger

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Former RB Leipzig manager Ralf Ragnick who eight years earlier won the DFC Cup with Schalke 04 is among the favorites to land the job at the Allianz Arena.

The 61-year-old resigned was working as coach and sports director of RB Leipzig before he resigned from both posts in the summer. He’s currently working as Head of Sports and Development Soccer for Red Bull Salzburg and is one of the favorites to replace Kovac at Bayern.

Erik Ten Hag

Eric Ten Hag is one of the few managers currently being linked with Bayern whose brand of play excites has the potential to excite the club’s fans – through his responsibilities at Ajax means Bayern might have to wait until the end of the season even if they reach an agreement with the 49-year-old.

The Dutch manager, who has previously worked with Bayern’s team reserves under Pep Guardiola, forced everyone to take note of his coaching prowess by guiding a youthful Ajax side to the semi-final of UEFA Champions League last season.

Xabi Alonso

The former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder, who also played for Bayern for three seasons between 2014 and 2017, is also being heavily linked with the job after the club’s executive chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge dropped his name as a potential future manager of the club a few days ago.

While he left playing football only two years ago, Alonso already has considerable managerial experience at his belt. The silky former Spanish midfielder has been coaching San Sebastian, the youth side of La Liga outfit Real Sociedad since the start of last season.

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has been out of football for more than a year now but the French manager has repeatedly indicated his desire to once again manage a top European club.

During his 22-year long association with Arsenal, Wenger was pursued by a host of top European clubs, as he chose to lay his roots in North London. There have been talks in the past few months that Wenger has accepted a directorial role at UEFA, though it would be hard for the former Arsenal manager to turn down Bayern if they come calling.

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