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Bayern's shortlist to replace Kovac revealed

Bayern reportedly lines up French trio to replace under-fire boss

October 8, 2018 By Oscar Rojas
The team's disappointing start in the Bundesliga and the UEFA Champions League has Bayern execs allegedly looking for a replacement.

Niko Kovac's term as Bayern München's boss has been filled with controversy, but if things go as reported in the German press, it could be one short term indeed.

Bayern's bosses have stepped up to deny this claims, but according to German newspaper Bild, the Croatian coach could be living his final hours as Die Roten's tactician due to their poor start of the season.

Kovac's stint at Bayern didn't start properly, since the team is currently ranked sixth in the Bundesliga after losing two out of their last three games. Furthermore, the lack of communication with his players has deepened the team's crisis, mainly because he refuses to speak German while around them, preferring to speak his native tongue with his brother/assistant Robert Kovac and other members of his staff.

With that in mind, Bayern's bosses are already thinking about who could replace Kovac. The list has been narrowed to three names: French bosses Zinedine Zidane, Laurent Blanc and Arsene Wenger.

According to Bild, these coaches are the top choices for Bayern execs if they choose to fire Kovac, with Zidane being the frontrunner for the job. The former Real Madrid boss has been linked with Manchester United and Juventus, but he remains loyal to his initial stance about not taking any coaching job for at least one year.

Laurent Blanc has been out of a job since 2016, when he ceased to coach PSG. The former center back led Les Parisiens to 11 domestic titles, although he failed to lead them to UEFA Champions League glory.

Arsene Wenger famously ended his 22-year stay at Arsenal this summer, but just like Zidane, he refused to sign a new deal with any club, so he could take some time off to evaluate his options.

Bayern boss Uli Hoeness has come forward to state that Bayern will not fire Kovac. According to Bild, some of the team's execs don't believe that Kovac will turn things around, which will eventually force the team to search for his replacement.

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