A new report from Sport1 in Germany suggests that Bayern Munich is not, in fact, interested in making current Paris Saint-Germain and former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel their new manager...at least for now. The interest in Tuchel was initially reported earlier this month by Bild, and it was understood that Bayern would be opening discussions with Tuchel during the winter break to try and persuade him to come to Sabener Strasse for next season, even though he’s under contract with PSG until 2021.
Now, it appears that Bayern isn’t interested in potentially making Tuchel their new manager for the foreseeable future. It’s also reported that bringing in Tuchel to be the head coach and keeping Hansi Flick on as an assistant isn’t on the table either.
Instead, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Bayern’s board plan on meeting with Flick after the final match of the hinrunde against VfL Wolfsburg to discuss Flick’s future. It’s their understanding that Flick could very well see out the rest of the season as manager, which would give the board more time to try and find a long-term successor. There’s a strong possibility that the board will decide to keep him on as manager for the rest of the season.
In his press conference ahead of Bayern’s trip to Freiburg, Flick was asked again about his future with the club, but maintained that he isn’t thinking about what the board’s decision will be, despite having clear ideas for the team moving forward:
I also have very clear ideas, I have to say that. Those are things that move me. Let’s just see what’s coming in the future.
The most probable scenario as it currently stands is that Flick will remain manager at least until the end of this season. Of course, the recently unemployed Mauricio Pochettino is still an option for Bayern as well as Ajax’s Erik ten Hag, but there haven’t been any recent developments with either of those candidates.