It has not yet been 24 hours since Niko Kovac and Bayern Munich decided to part ways on the heels of a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt. Now Hansi Flick will take charge of the club and Peter Gerland has been brought back to be his assistant manager until Bayern find long term replacements for Niko and Robert Kovac.
As a Champions League clash against Olympiacos and der Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund loom large in the span of the next six days, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has called for Bayern to respond with strong performances to ensure they get back on track. The chairman said (Bild),
The performances and also the results of our team in the past weeks fell short of expectations. We now have an important week ahead of us with the Champions League game against Olympiacos Piraeus on Wednesday, where we want to qualify for the Round of 16 with a win. On Sunday, with the German clasico against Borussia Dortmund, a very important game in the Bundesliga awaits us, which we also must win.
Rummenigge was unwilling to discuss potential candidates for the long-term replacement for Kovac. Rummenigge wanted to avoid “rumors and speculations” for the time being. As it currently stands, Erik ten Hag, Jose Mourinho, Ralf Rangnick, Massimiliano Allegri, and Arsene Wenger have all been linked with the manager’s position at Bayern, but it’s still far too early to tell who’ll wind up getting the nod.