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Erik ten Hag was Bayern Munich’s fallback option if Julian Nagelsmann pursuit failed

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If things did not work out with Julian Nagelsmann, Bayern Munich was prepare to make an offer to Ajax for Erik ten Hag.

Fortuna Koeln v Bayern Muenchen II - 3. Liga Playoff Leg 1 Photo by Thorsten Wagner/Bongarts/Getty Images

Upon learning of Hansi Flick’s desire to leave the club, Bayern Munich was able to secure the signature of RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann on a contract very quickly.

The whole undertaking of working out a transfer fee arrangement with Die Roten Bullen was also a relatively smooth process, which took place in a matter of hours and days, rather than weeks.

Even as the acquisition of Nagelsmann was progressing at a rapid pace, Bayern Munich was making contingency plans, though. Voetbal International issued a report stating that the Bavarians had Ajax manager Erik ten Hag cued up as a fallback option should things with Nagelsmann fall apart:

If Bayern Munich had not come out with Julian Nagelsmann, Ten Hag would have would have been one of the candidates. The superpower had already thrown a line to both Ajax and the trainer.

The threat of a inquiry from Bayern Munich — along with whispers that Tottenham Hotspur might also be interested in the coach — prompted Ajax to take action and give Ten Hag a contract extension through the 2022/2023 season:

Ten Hag, of course, coached Bayern Munich II from 2013 through 2015, so his style and persona are quite familiar with the club’s brass.