The management of Bayern has been unstable for a few seasons. After the departure of Flick, neither Nagelsmann nor Tuchel were able to set the Bavarian side back on track and, as a result, they will not win this year’s Bundesliga after lifting 11 consecutive titles. In addition, the undergoing institutional crisis and the issues with their board have damaged the club’s reputation.

On another note, many people believe that Tuchel’s pupils will play at their best in the Champions League and that the team will prove its hierarchy in the top European competition. However, even if they managed to become European champions (which seems unlikely), the German manager has announced that he will not stay at the club for the upcoming season.

With this in mind, Bayern looked into Xabi Alonso as their first option (something we have talked about before in multiple occasions) and everything led to believe that the Basque manager would become Tuchel’s successor.

Nevertheless, Alonso surprised everyone by announcing in a press conference that he would stay one more year as the manager of Bayer Leverkusen, with whom he is making history and could win a historic treble.

After being rejected by Xabi Alonso, other well-known names in the elite of European football have entered the discussion. One of them is Roberto De Zerbi, Brighton’s Italian manager.

His is the case of a coach that likes to execute high pressure and control matches by through possession. He has also been linked to other big clubs whose bench will become vacant this summer, like FC Barcelona or Liverpool, but he seems to be one of the favorites for the job among the front office of the Bavarian side.

De Zerbi would somewhat change the style of a team that is struggling to make good use of possession and whose ball movement troughout many stages of the season has been slow and predictable in set attacking scenarios.

The former Shakhtar manager would give breathing room to some of the players who have underperformed this season and whose relationship with the board seems to be at a low point.

The other option that has been rumored is the return of the last manager who was truly successful at Bayern, Hansi Flick. After a poor stint at the German national team (in which he also happened to argue with some of the pillars of the ‘Mannschaft’), Flick would return to Allianz Arena to help his beloved team, with whom he previously won a historic treble and astonished all of Europe, regain their elite status.

We will see how the Bavarians’ front office (who are being questioned more than ever) act, but there is no doubt that the club has a squad with great potential and who are capable of great things.

Will the new coach be able to bring Bayern back to their days as a European colossus?

Translated by Nuño Alonso.

Main image: @FCBayern.


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