There have been rumors for quite some time about Erik ten Hag's future in Munich. We finally have our answer thanks to an interview Karl-Heinz Rummenigge completed with Sport 1 on Wednesday. The Dutchman has declined Bayern's contract offer and will return to his native Netherlands.
Ten Hag's name has come up in recent weeks with regards to the FC Utrecht position. Rob Alflen is on the outs at the club, and Utrecht is interested in bringing Ten Hag back to Dutch football. Before signing on to coach Bayern's reserves, Ten Hag led the Go Ahead Eagles to promotion into the Eredivisie.
So, who will be taking over FCB II? Rummenigge confirmed that current Bayern U-19 coach Heiko Vogel would be taking over beginning next season. Vogel was involved in Bayern's youth teams early in his coaching career before becoming an assistant under Thorsten Fink at Ingolstadt and then Basel. When Fink left Basel for Hamburg, Vogel took over as the caretaker manager. Less than a year after he did the improbable and led Basel to the knockout round of the Champions League, Vogel was sacked by the club.
Next season, FCB II will be taking on a new look player-wise, too. Bayern will be converting the reserve side to a mostly U-21 side with only a few exceptions. The club's goal is a seamless transition from the U-19 side into FCB II (U-21) into the first team. The club will no longer be focusing solely on earning promotion in the 3.Liga, but instead on proper training and playing time for the young players.
It's tough to look back on Ten Hag's two seasons in charge of Bayern II as anything but a success. Last season, FCBII were literally seconds away from earning promotion into the 3.Liga until a goalkeeping gaffe shattered their dreams. Then, after a summer of mass upheaval with players leaving in droves, Ten Hag currently has FCBII six points behind leaders Würzburger Kickers with seven matches remaining.
We wish the best of luck to Vogel on his new position and the best of luck to Ten Hag on his new challenge.