Bayern faces another setback in search for new coach

According to several German media outlets, Oliver Glasner will not become the new coach of Bayern Munich. The Austrian, who has just started at Crystal Palace, has not been given permission to negotiate with the Germans.

SoccerDino, Website Writer
Published: 12:23, 13 May 2024

At least, according to BILD, Palace chairman Steve Parish was so reluctant to lose his coach so soon that he set the asking price at one hundred million euros.

Bayern was willing to spend a substantial amount, by coaching standards, but this was too steep for Matthijs de Ligt’s employers. Thus, Glasner is expected to stay at Selhurst Park next season, where the club has been thriving since his arrival.

Bayern remains in search of a new coach as Thomas Tuchel will be leaving Munich at the end of this season. The club openly courted Xabi Alonso, but he is staying with Bayer Leverkusen. Julian Nagelsmann and Ralf Rangnick also declined the offer, continuing instead with the national teams of Germany and Austria, respectively.

Max Eberl, the technical director tasked with finding a coach to bring the national title back to Bavaria next year, criticized Nagelsmann and Rangnick for what he views as careless leaking. 'The main players themselves play a big role, our negotiation partners were quite aggressive at times. I'm used to a different approach, normally you talk behind closed doors and then you come to an agreement or not,' Eberl stated in BILD.

To avoid issues with employed coaches, Bayern is now also considering a familiar face who is currently without a club: Hansi Flick. According to Kicker, Flick is nevertheless not a dream candidate: the board is not impressed by Flick's role in a documentary about Germany during the World Cup in Qatar. Internally, there are questions whether a comeback by Flick, who won the Treble with Bayern in 2020, would be more than just yielding to nostalgia.

Dietmar Hamann, an analyst for Sky Deutschland, doesn't see it happening either. 'Flick did a sensational job last time, we must not forget that. But can he repeat that? We all saw how it went at the World Cup; I have my doubts,' said Hamann. Steffen Freund, a former player for clubs including Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund, is also not very enthusiastic. He said he would only bring Flick back 'if I really couldn’t find anyone else'.

Updated: 12:23, 13 May 2024