Bayern Munich are looking for a new head coach after parting company with Carlo Ancelotti following the 3-0 defeat to Paris St-Germain in the Champions League.
The 58-year-old Italian won the Bundesliga title in his first campaign in charge but with Bayern third in the table this season Ancelotti had come in for a lot of criticism in the wake of the defeat in Paris.
Here are three possible replacements for the departed Bayern Munich manager.
Nagelsmann has long been touted as a future Bayern Munich manager, and the TSG Hoffenheim boss has done little to quell the speculation.
The 30-year-old has previously described Bayern as his dream job, and he’s auditioned well for the role.
Last season, Hoffenheim earned a draw and a win against the champions, while earlier this month Nagelsmann’s side beat Bayern 2-0.
Ironically, that result is likely what spelled the beginning of the end for Ancelotti, thereby ensuring a vacancy in Munich – one for which Nagelsmann is now the favourite to fill.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss succeeded Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp at the Westfalenstadion.
Tuchel has been linked with a number of high-profile recent vacancies and with a move to the Premier League but the 44-year-old, who hails from Bavaria, could see managing Bayern as a natural progression as he coached Mainz before moving to Dortmund.
His departure from Dortmund came as something of a surprise just three days after guiding them to the DFB-Polkal with a 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Frenchman has been named Munich’s interim manager in the wake of Ancelotti’s departure, so he’ll get an immediate chance to prove his credentials.
Sagnol has the advantage of having a deep connection with the club, as he spent nine seasons as a Bayern Munich player.
His managerial career has been mixed. Sagnol impressed in his first season as Bordeaux manager, leading the club to a sixth-place finish in 2014-15 that included wins over PSG and Monaco. However, the following season he was sacked after Bordeaux were on the end of some heavy defeats.
That being said, he showed enough promise for Ancelotti to pick him as an assistant. There are already suggestions that Sagnol could team up with another former Munich player, Xabi Alonso, although that seems rather fanciful at this stage.
In all likelihood, Sagnol will be given an opportunity to show he’s worthy of the Bayern job. If he approaches it with the same determination he showed throughout his playing career, don’t bet against him succeeding.
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