There has been a bevy of conflicting reports this week as to whether Bayern Munich has made contact with Arsene Wenger. Both he and Ralf Rangnick had emerged as the front runners to become Bayern’s new manager, but now it seems that Bayern may be content to leave Hansi Flick in charge for the time being.
Per a new report from Sport1, there has been no contact between Bayern and Wenger, and he will not coach Bayern anytime soon. Instead, the club wants to let Hansi Flick stay at the helm for the foreseeable future until they find a viable long-term replacement for Niko Kovac.
Sport1 claims that Bayern’s board is confident that Flick and assistant Hermann Gerland are more than capable of steering the ship, because the players have enthusiastically responded to working with him. Flick has a strong relationship with the players and is able to reach them, something that the Bayern bosses don’t want to disrupt.
Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic also spoke in favor of Flick in the mixed zone after Bayern’s win over Olympiacos and said that they won’t put unnecessary pressure on themselves in trying to select a new manager too quickly:
We will not put ourselves under pressure, but will make a decision in peace. Hansi is the right coach for us at the moment.
Interestingly, Bild now reports that Wenger himself called Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Wednesday to express his interest in the job. Bayern related to Bild the following statement:
Arsene Wenger called Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Wednesday afternoon and essentially signaled his interest in the coaching position at FC Bayern. FC Bayern appreciates Arsene Wenger for his work as coach with Arsenal London, but he is not an option for coach at FC Bayern Munich.
Let us know what you all think in the comments section below. Do you feel that the Bayern bosses would be right to just give Hansi Flick and Hermann Gerland the chance to finish out the season?