Four names in the frame to replace Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern Munichby Jack Kitson / 28 September 2017, 16:06Tweet
Carlo Ancelotti has become the first high-profile European managerial casualty of the 2017/18 season following Bayern Munich’s decision to axe the Italian after 15 months at the helm.
As a result one of Europe’s biggest clubs is on the lookout for a new boss and considering their last few bosses have been Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola and Jupp Heynckes (all Champions League winners), the club’s next manager has big shoes to fill.
We take a look at four of the early contenders below…
Julian Nagelsmann has enjoyed a stunning rise in the managerial rise since he was surprisingly handed the Hoffenheim job in February 2016 at the tender age of just 28.
However, the appointment proved to be a hugely successful one for the German club, with whom he saved from relegation, before leading to a hugely impressive 4th place last season, and thus into the Champions League for the first time in their history.
Hoffenheim has enjoyed a cracking start to the current campaign, accumulating 14 points from their opening six league games - beating Ancelotti’s Bayern 2-0 in September - which puts them 2nd in the table behind leaders Borussia Dortmund.
Whether Bayern will hand the reins to a 30-year-old with less than two years experience is open to debate, however he is undoubtedly worthy of all the praise he has recieved so far, and at the time of writing he is the smoking hot 1/4 favourite with Bet Victor.
Next in the running is Ancelotti’s former assistant Willy Sagnol who has been placed in interim charge of Bayern following the Italian's departure.
Sagnol previously managed the French U-21 team between 2013 and 2014, before taking charge of Bordeaux in May 2014, guiding the club to a 6th place finish in his first season at the helm, however he was axed in March 2016 following a 4-0 hammering to rivals Toulouse.
Sagnol, who won 13 trophies with Bayern as a player, returned to the club in June as Ancelotti’s assistant, however the Italian’s sacking now means he’s the man looking after first-team affairs. The 40-year-old is unlikely to be a long-term replacement, but if he’s handed a few games to prove himself, then you never know…
One man that has been hotly linked with a move in the immediate aftermath of Ancelotti’s axing is Thomas Tuchel, the former Borussia Dortmund boss who left Bayern’s rivals in the summer following a spat with the owners.
During his tenure at Dortmund Tuchel saw Matt Hummels make the switch to Bayern, while in previous years Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze have fled Dortmund for their rivals, but now could Tuchel be lured over to Munich.
In the summer Tuchel was linked with a move to the Premier League, with Southampton and West Ham reportedly interested in his services, however he opted to remain in the Job Centre, perhaps in the hope that one of Europe’s top teams would axe their manager early on in the 2017/18 season…
Luis Enrique opted to leave Barcelona in the summer after three successful seasons during which he hoisted nine trophies, including a famous Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey treble in 2014/15.
Enrique wanted to take some time away from the game, but the lure of returning to the dugout will no doubt be strong, especially if he learns that Bayern are interested in securing his services.