Recent, and reaffirmed, confirmation of the 2018 departure of current Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes, has led to a flurry of speculation on who his eventual successor could or should be.
High-profile names have been tossed around: Thomas Tuchel, Julian Nagelsmann and Ralph Hasenhuttl to name a few.
The latest rumblings have suggested that former Borussia Dortmund, and current Liverpool boss, Jürgen Klopp could be a realistic candidate to take over the reigns in Bavaria. A report from Football365 via Bild suggested that Klopp is one of three coaches being considered for the position.
Bayern have been reportedly spurred on by reports of growing dissatisfaction from Liverpool management, regarding Klopp’s defensive prowess.
Klopp said after conceding twice to Leicester in September, “It's obvious we concede too much—there's no doubt.” The biggest hurdle for Bayern may lie in the fact that Klopp recently signed a contract extension that would keep him in Anfield until 2022. Liverpool would likely look for significant compensation if they were to let Klopp walk before then.
Additionally, Joachim Low is another high-profile name, and possibly a more realistic option for the Bavarians. Low’s contract with the the German national team runs until 2020. However, Low could be compelled to opt out sooner, if a chance to manage the Bundesliga champions is on the table.
Regarding Low, ESPN reports that Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff has played down the suggestions that Low would leave his position with Die Nationalmannschaft to join Bayern.
"I would not assume that he will leave us," Bierhoff said. "And I would not want to give him away without a fight. On top of that, I feel that he's enjoying his work here."
Until official word comes, speculation will continue to swirl around potential coaching candidates.