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Update: Antonio Conte not a topic of discussion at Bayern Munich

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Niko Kovac has had a solid season with Bayern, but there are whispers that the club might be looking to go in a different direction.

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In a report this morning from Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport (as captured by Goal), Bayern Munich might be in pursuit of former Juventus and Chelsea coach Antonio Conte.

While Inter Milan and AS Roma have also been linked to the Italian coach, it does not appear that the 49-year-old has interest in those positions. Per the report, Conte would highly consider a move to Bavaria.

Antonio Conte will not return to coach in Serie A. Despite the courtship of Inter and Roma, in the end the former Juventus coach could choose Bayern Munich. The Bavarian club, disappointed by the work of Niko Kovac especially in the Champions League, is seriously thinking of changing coaches and, according to Corriere dello Sport, might have made a serious offer to Conte. The coach from Salento has not yet made a final decision on his future because he prefers to carefully assess where to start after his traumatic break with Chelsea.

For what it is worth, Conte’s demands for his next coaching stop include a nice salary and team continuity. While Bayern would no doubt be able to provide those benefits, it still remains very curious why the club would be ramping up its hint for a new coach at this stage of the season.

The coach, however, in addition to a millionaire contract, wants a highly competitive lineup and certainly would not accept the sale of the best pieces each year.


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Certainly, Conte has an accomplished record, but Kovac has proven to be resilient and shown a remarkable ability to work with a highly volatile roster in Munich. The sudden burst of activity in looking at coaching candidates seems curious at best and completely unwarranted at worst.

There seems to be a bit of a power struggle in the Bayern front office and a lack of cohesion on what the strategic direction of the team should be at this point. Does the club retain the coach if he fails to achieve anything less than a domestic double? How many members of the current roster will be retained this summer and who will replace those leaving? These are questions that many thought were answered, but in fact, might still be actively debated behind closed doors on Säbener Strasse.

This is a key moment in the club’s history. Ultimately, this is not a time to make sweeping changes without a defined and well-thought out plan for how to reach the club’s end goal of winning the Champions League in mind. Anything less would just be considered another rush to judgement.


Update

Here’s why you shouldn’t believe the Italian press. Sky Germany’s Torben Hoffman has now confirmed what logic dictates anyway — that Bayern Munich are not interested in Antonio Conte.