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Wenger on shortlist to become next Bayern Munich manager

Arsene Wenger is reportedly amongst a list of candidates being considered by Bayern Munich as the club’s next manager following their decision to sack Niko Kovac this week.

The Bundesliga champions decided to dismiss Kovac following the club’s underwhelming start to the new season, with Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing at Eintracht Frankfurt the final straw for the Bayern hierarchy.

The German giants have endured an indifferent run of form during the opening weeks of the campaign and are currently fourth in the Bundesliga, four points behind early season leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.

Despite the relatively small gap to the top the club’s board have decided to act after becoming disillusioned with their recent performances, and a shortlist of candidates to replace the Kroat has already been discussed ahead of their next appointment.

According to the Guardian, former Arsenal boss Wenger is amongst those being considered with the club compiling a list of both short-term and long-term replacements for Kovac.

Wenger is yet to return to football since leaving the Emirates in 2018, though could be tempted to return to the dugout with the possibility of once again leading one of Europe’s leading clubs.

The 70-year-old is held in high regard by the Bayern hierarchy and would offer experience, whilst his fluency in speaking German also makes him an ideal candidate.

Former Schalke and Red Bull Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick is currently the frontrunner for the role, however, the 61-year-old is currently contracted to Red Bull as their head of sport and development, overseeing several of the company’s sporting organisations and it remains to be seen whether he will return to football management.

Other candidates include former Juventus manager Max Allegri and Ajax’s Erik ten Hag, the latter having impressed in guiding the Dutch side to the Champions League semi-finals last season. The Dutchman is familiar with the Bavarian side, having previously managed Bayern’s second team for two seasons between 2013 and 2015.

Bayern’s recruitment is complicated by the departure of longstanding club president Uli Hoeness, who is stepping down from his role this month, though he will maintain a say in the club’s next managerial appointment.

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