Wenger in?

The former Arsenal manager is linked with the Bayern Munich job

Daily Mail

Desailly issues warning as Wenger emerges at top target for Bayern

'He should NOT be in the dugout. . . he's 70': Former France star Marcel Desailly insists Arsene Wenger is too old for the Bayern Munich job

  • Wenger has emerged as the top target for the vacant Bayern Munich job

  • German giants sacked Niko Kovac after a 5-1 drubbing by Eintract Frankfurt

  • Bayern are willing to offer the ex-Arsenal boss a deal until the end of the season

Former Chelsea and France defender Marcel Desailly says Arsene Wenger is too old to be a 'frontline' boss after emerging as a top target for Bayern Munich.

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Are Bayern Munich interested in appointing Arsene Wenger?

By Joe Harker

Bayern Munich have parted ways with manager Niko Kovač with the German club fourth in the Bundesliga and four points off the top spot they usually occupy.

The club are used to success, having won the league title for the past seven consecutive seasons, but the mood around the Allianz Arena hasn't been all that positive for some time now.

The Bayern job is one of the most lucrative in football. The manager who gets it will be in charge of one of Europe's top clubs who are consistent favourites for their league title and a force to be reckoned with in the Champions League.

The Claim:

Enter Arsene Wenger. The former Arsenal manager is unemployed at the moment and has been linked with the Bayern job.

The Frenchman has enjoyed a very successful career in football, having won multiple league titles including famous "invincibles" season of 2003/04 with Arsenal.

Having spent over two decades at the Premier League side he certainly knows the pressure of managing a big club and dealing with high profile players, experience which would serve him well with Bayern.

It should be said that the reports linking Wenger to the Bayern job don't tip him to take it in the long run, just as a short term option to get the club to the end of the season where they can figure out who is best placed to take charge of Bayern in the future.

It could be a good match for manager and club, giving Bayern an experienced coach who could see them to the end of their season and Wenger another chance at winning a league title.

The Counter Claim:

However, former footballer Marcel Desailly believes the 70 year old Wenger is too old to be a football manager now and certainly shouldn't be a target for Bayern.

Desailly thought Wenger could do a good job at a club behind the scenes by putting a good structure for success in place but should be out of the running as far as actually coaching the team and managing them from the dugout goes.

It should be noted that Wenger's best successes are more than a decade behind him. That famous invincible season was 15 years ago and his last league title in football.

Since then they slipped from champions to title challengers to consistently qualifying for the Champions League. In Wenger's final two seasons at the club they finished outside the top four in the Premier League, meaning they didn't make it into Europe's top club competition.

It would be unkind to call him yesterday's manager but it has been a long time since he won a league title and his team's shortcomings became so predictable you could set your watch by the months in the season where Arsenal would unravel.

The Facts:

Wenger has said he's had no talks with Bayern over a potential job offering, though he wouldn't rule himself out of taking the job if it was offered to him.

The Athletic reports Wenger is not on Bayern's shortlist of potential candidates to replace Kovač .

The German club's top targets to take over in the long term are PSG's Thomas Tuchel and Ajax's Erik ten Hag but they are willing to give caretaker boss Hans-Dieter Flick a chance to show he can keep things ticking over in the short term.

In this case it looks like Wenger isn't going to get the job.

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The Guardian

Bayern Munich set sights on Arsène Wenger as manager after Rangnick blow

Arsène Wenger has emerged as the frontrunner to replace Niko Kovac as Bayern Munich's manager after Ralf Rangnick ruled himself out. Bayern have made the Frenchman their No 1 target to take charge for the rest of the season before considering who will take over long term.

Rangnick and Wenger had been the club's top two alternatives after the sacking of Kovac on Sunday following a string of poor performances. The agent of the 61-year-old German, Marc Kosicke, said on Wednesday, however, that his client was not interested in the Bayern job.

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